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Mass Effect Lorecast: Video Game Lore, News & More

This is it. Everything we know about Spectres in Mass Effect. How and when the Spectre program was started. How you become a Spectre. How many Spectres there are. What events the Spectres have been involved in. Everything. Subscribe so you don't miss any Mass Effect Lorecast Podcast episodes, lore, and other Mass Effect content from Robots Radio! Support us on Patreon! https://patreon.com/masseffectlorecast Want to support the show for no extra cost? Use the link to sign up for Game Pass now! Click: http://bit.ly/XBGPass Join us LIVE Sunday 10:30pm EST / 7:30pm PST: https://twitch.tv/robotsradio Discord: https://discord.gg/JXKfVhM Twitter: twitter.com/masseffectcast Email: masseffectlorecast@gmail.com Music: Screen Saver by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5715-screen-saver License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license ROBOTSRADIO.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jacobin Radio
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Taking Back the Streets

Jacobin Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 55:48


Suzi talks to Warren Montag about the danger of the organized and armed far right. He argues in "The Necessity of Taking Back the Streets" in the journal Spectre that the left has not recognized the danger of the far right, and has been outflanked by the right's strategic advance politically, electorally, and militarily. Warren sees the January 6, 2021 action as a big success for the right—and the left's inability to respond to the danger encapsulates the political situation today, the actual balance of power. The right's advance is not just in the streets, but in every level of government as well as law enforcement and all branches of the military. They have not been repudiated by the Republican Party, now a far right party of white supremacy. The Republican Party understands it can only win elections through the ever-increasing exclusion of the majority of the electorate, achieved through legal means as well as a campaign of fear and intimidation against opponents. Montag sees historical precedence both for the organized right's march to power and the left's complacency about the scale of the threat. To stop the right will require more than investigations and prosecutions. It will require understanding the danger the right represents, and mass mobilizations to defend democracy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

BourbonBlog.com
Cohiba Spectre 21 Cigar Review

BourbonBlog.com

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 36:01


Cohiba Spectre Cigar review by Bourbon expert Tom Fischer and Cohiba's Sean Williams. The sweetness from Nicaraguan Jalapa leaves from Spanish Sherry barrels and the spice of the Ecuadorian Piloto Cubano gives a luxurious, well-balanced smoke in this Spectre Cohiba CIGAR. They both pair the Spectre Cohiba Cigar Bourbon pairing with Peerless Double Oak Bourbon Whiskey from Louisville, Kentucky for the perfect blend of earth, sweetness, and spice. Follow us on this podcast channel and also find us on YouTube.com/BourbonBlog --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bourbonblog/support

Les Cours du Collège de France
Intégration : constats et débats 27/15 : Le spectre du communautarisme suite (12/15)

Les Cours du Collège de France

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 58:44


durée : 00:58:44 - Les Cours du Collège de France - par : Merryl Moneghetti - Qu'est-ce qui est en jeu derrière les notions de communautarisme et de séparatisme ? s'interroge encore aujourd'hui le sociologue-démographe François Héran. Jusqu'où vaut l'idée d'un communautarisme général ? Quels liens existe-t-il entre le communautarisme, l'Islam et le radicalisme ? - invités : François Héran Sociologue et professeur au collège de France

Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
Brigitte Millar - Dr. Vogel in SPECTRE and No Time to Die!

Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 44:59


Join us for a charming talk with Brigitte Millar, who played Dr. Vogel in SPECTRE and in No Time to Die! She's also played Emmeline Vance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she won an award for her performance as Amelia Holland in David is Dying, she joined fellow Bond alums, Benicio Del Toro, Max von Sydow, and Art Malik in The Wolfman.  Want to hear how they filmed the SPECTRE meeting in Rome where she gives her talk?  Brigitte has some great insights into the Bond movies! Ideas?  Info@SpyMovieNavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://spymovienavigator.com/podcast/brigitte-millar-dr-vogel-in-spectre-and-no-time-to-die/   

Les Cours du Collège de France
Intégration : constats et débats 26/15 : L'intégration, le séparatisme social et le spectre du communautarisme (de l'idéal au réel, suite) (11/15)

Les Cours du Collège de France

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 58:45


durée : 00:58:45 - Les Cours du Collège de France - par : Merryl Moneghetti - Qu'est-ce qui se joue derrière les termes de communauté et de séparatisme ? Quelle est cette injonction qui invite le migrant à s'intégrer ? Comment l'idée d'un séparatisme est-elle ancienne et quels sont les effets de voisinage ? S'interroge le sociologue-démographe François Héran. - invités : François Héran Sociologue et professeur au collège de France

Shawshank Lebenslang
James Bond Special 24 - Spectre

Shawshank Lebenslang

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 82:53


Hans und Franz Das Ende kommt immer näher! Erste Aufnahme 2022 und wir kümmern uns um Bond Nr.24 Spectre Viel Spaß!

Tám Sài Gòn
Review phim rạp: Happy New Year, Rừng thế mạng, No time to die, Resident Evil,...

Tám Sài Gòn

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 14:47


Review các phim ra rạp từ ngày 31/12/2021 RỪNG THẾ MẠNG C16 Đạo diễn: Trần Hữu Tấn Diễn viên: Huỳnh Thanh Trực, Trần Phong, Thùy Anh, Thùy Dương, Lê Quang Vinh, Nguyễn Phước Lộc, NSƯT. Hữu Châu, Kiều Trinh, Bích Hằng, Hưng Võ Thể loại: Hồi hộp Tà Năng - Phan Dũng, cung đường trekking đẹp nhất Việt Nam với những câu chuyện tâm linh kỳ bí chưa có lời giải đáp. Dù được cảnh báo sự nguy hiểm và "mỗi năm sẽ có người thế mạng", nhưng một phượt thủ trẻ vẫn quyết định tách đoàn để tìm người bạn thân đi lạc. Hơn 10 ngày đêm kiệt quệ, anh không chỉ rơi vào cuộc chiến sinh tồn chốn rừng thiêng nước độc, mà còn đối mặt với những ám ảnh rùng rợn như ai đó từng nói "ma đưa lối, quỷ dẫn đường”… KHÔNG PHẢI LÚC CHẾT C16 Đạo diễn: Cary Joji Fukunaga Diễn viên: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux Thể loại: Hành Động Phần 25 của bộ phim điệp viên huyền thoại 007 sẽ tiếp nối câu chuyện về James Bond cùng những pha hành động táo bạo và hoành tráng hơn bao giờ hết. Sau sự kiện đầy ám ảnh trong Spectre, Bond lui về ở ẩn tại đất nước Jamaica, sống một cuộc đời cô độc nhưng bình lặng. Bỗng một người bạn cũ từ CIA xuất hiện, cầu xin anh giúp đỡ. Bond bất đắc dĩ phải tái xuất, nhưng không hề biết mình sẽ đối đầu với thế lực nào. Chi tiết đáng chú ý nhất là chiếc mặt nạ trắng vỡ nửa, đánh dấu sự xuất hiện của tên ác nhân kì quái bậc nhất trong cả series 007. Màn chạm trán giữa Bond và kẻ thù nguy hiểm này sẽ vén màn những bí ẩn còn để ngỏ và tiếp theo đó, có thể là một cuộc đối đầu “sinh tử”. HAPPY NEW YEAR: CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI C13 Đạo diễn: Kwak Jae Young Diễn viên: Han Ji Min, Lee Dong Wook, Kang Ha Neul, Lim Yoona, Won Jin Ah, Lee Hye Young, Jung Jin Young, Kim Young Kwang, Seo Kang Joon, Lee Kwang Soo, Ko Sung Hee, Lee Jin Wook, Cho Jun Young, Won Ji An Thể loại: Tình cảm HAPPY NEW YEAR là bức tranh gồm những mảnh ghép đầy thú vị về những vị khách tới với khách sạn Emross dịp cuối năm. Mỗi người một câu chuyện riêng, cảm xúc riêng, góc nhìn riêng và mong cầu riêng đối với tình yêu và cuộc sống. “Đây là nơi mà người ta ở lại, rời đi, gặp gỡ, rồi chia tay. Liệu chúng ta cũng sẽ tìm thấy ai đó đặc biệt cho riêng mình chứ?” – câu hỏi không chỉ dành cho các nhân vật, mà còn là nỗi niềm của mỗi người trong chúng ta sau một năm khó khăn vừa qua. Lời giải đáp sẽ đến cùng Happy New Year vào ngày 31.12.2021. RESIDENT EVIL: QUỶ DỮ TRỖI DẬY C18 Đạo diễn: Johannes Roberts Diễn viên: Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper Thể loại: Hành Động, Kinh Dị Trở lại với khởi nguồn của loạt phim Resident Evil đình đám, người hâm mộ và nhà làm phim Johannes Roberts mang trò chơi trở nên sống động hơn đến tất cả người hâm mộ. Trong RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, nơi từng là trụ sở tiên tiến của tập đoàn khổng lồ Unbrella, thành phố Raccoon giờ đây đang chết dần. Việc di dời tập đoàn đã để lại vùng đất hoang... cùng loài quỷ dữ ẩn mình bên dưới lòng đất. Khi quỷ dữ được giải phóng, một nhóm người sống sót phải cùng nhau sống sót và khám phá sự thật phía sau Umbrella. CLIFFORD CHÚ CHÓ ĐỎ KHỔNG LỒ: Walt Becker Diễn viên: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Izaac Wang, John Cleese,… Thể loại: Gia đình, Hài, Hoạt Hình Một cô bé nhỏ đã dành thật nhiều tình yêu cho chú cún màu đỏ đặc biệt của mình và sau một đêm chú cún đã hóa khổng lồ. Cuộc hành trình vui nhộn cùng chú chó đỏ khổng lồ bắt đầu từ đây. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kim-thanh-duong/support

Direct to POD
#25: 2021 - Von Leimen ins Multiversum

Direct to POD

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 76:06


Dirk und Tim lassen ein weiteres Jahr Revue passieren und da es 2021 fast nur Blockbuster ins Kino geschafft haben, wird natürlich auch über "No Time to Die" und "Spider-Man: No Way Home" gesprochen. Aber keine Angst, liebe Trash-Fans: Auch der neue Boris Becker-Film "Der Rebell - von Leimen nach Wimbledon" und "Spectre" haben es in die Folge geschafft. Außerdem geht es diesmal um mürrische Regisseure, Ottos Weihnachten und die Videospiel-Film-Aussicht für 2022. Frohes Neues!

Tysto film commentaries
No Time to Die

Tysto film commentaries

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 165:19


Tweet Join me and my long-lost guest and Bond aficionado Martin (AKA Faldor) as we look deep into Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond. We compare the film to other spy films, the Fleming books, Knives Out, the work of Vladimir Putin, and other Bond films, which I struggle to remember, especially SPECTRE, despite … Continue reading No Time to Die →

Die Sprechkabine
Die Sprechkabine S04E49 (Spectre Bunga-Bunga)

Die Sprechkabine

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 140:41


Alles, was Sie schon immer über Stirnwaffenträger wissen wollten.

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast
1324: Electric Rolls Royce Spectre Seen Testing | 29 Dec 2021

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 24:10


Show #1324 If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed. Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Wednesday 29th December. It's Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to. Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they've built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It's a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too. TESLA'S V11 UI CHANGES ARE RECEIVING STRONG CRITICAL FEEDBACK FROM DRIVERS - Reveral Tesla owners have shared strong criticisms of Software V11's user interface, particularly with how it made accessing some important functions more difficult compared to V10. - A good number of these complaints could be seen in the r/TeslaMotors subreddit, a community of over 1.48 million users. Over the past few days alone, numerous Tesla owners have gone on the subreddit to share their displeasure at the UI changes that came with V11 — to much agreement among the online group's users - Tesla owners are not happy about the fact that some functionalities such as driver profiles, seat warmers, trip information, save dashcam, and tire pressure (to name a few) now require more taps to access than before. Some Tesla owners have gone as far as to state that since some features now require an extra step to access, their vehicle could end up being less safe. - Tesla owners noting that the icons in the new update do not have the same uniform, polished look as those that were used in V10. Others noted that the position of information such as the vehicle's speed had regressed as well, as the driver's hand could end up covering the speedometer - The fact that there are icons for Tesla Arcade, Toybox, and Theater — which are inaccessible when the car is on Drive anyway — and none for tire pressure, trip information, seat heaters, and lights, was deemed strange as well. Original Source : https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-v11-ui-critical-user-feedback-reviews/ BMW INTERVIEW “MAKING CHARGING EVEN EASIER AND MORE CONVENIENT” - Pieter Nota (responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales) - Right now, charging infrastructure is failing to keep pace with sales of electrified vehicles. That is why we urgently need rapid infrastructure expansion – especially in urban, densely populated areas and over longer distances. This is also up to policymakers: Economical operation must be ensured – and, if possible, promoted – especially while infrastructure is still in the expansion phase. - Who's going to build a second charging post if the first one can't cover its costs? But, in the long run, the market has to be able to regulate itself in the interests of the customer. What we need for this are clear objectives and incentive systems. The same applies to fleet operators, to support their transition to electromobility. - We have set ourselves ambitious goals for electromobility next year: We aim to more than double sales of our pure electric vehicles compared to this year. In 2022, we will be focusing on two more approaches that will make charging even more attractive. First, we will be integrating charging even more deeply into our myBMW and myMINI app. - This means our customers will be able to find everything related to their vehicle in a single app – including access to public charging points. Second, we will continue to promote charging networks – which will make the charging process simpler. Original Source : http://www.automobilsport.com/cars-tuning--37,232567,BMW-Interview-Making-charging-even-easier-and-more-convenient,news.htm ROLLS-ROYCE SPECTRE EV SPIED UP CLOSE IN BEST SPY SHOTS YET - Rolls-Royce promised it would be developing the Spectre electric car “in plain sight,” and here's some decent proof of that in spy shot form. Outside of the initial teaser photos released by Rolls-Royce earlier this year, we haven't seen any other details of the electric Rolls. That's changed today, as one of our spy shooters captured a test Spectre both on the pavement and on a flatbed. - The most intriguing angle of view is directly from the front. We can just make out that this Rolls appears to be wearing a version of the upcoming stacked headlight look previously spied on soon-to-come BMW models like the next-gen 7 Series and refreshed X7. - One of the last intriguing items of note is the angle of the rear tire when the driver has the steering wheel at full lock. It's not an extreme angle of rear-wheel steer, but the rear wheel does appear to be turned in the opposite direction as the fronts. This car being a coupe, it's reasonable that it wouldn't need a massive amount of rear-wheel steering to be agile in a city, but it's still a Rolls-Royce, so coupe or not, it's massive. - Rolls-Royce says the production car is coming in 2023 · Original Source : https://www.autoblog.com/2021/12/27/rolls-royce-spectre-spy-shots/ CHINA SETS PLAN FOR L3 AND HIGHER-LEVEL ADVANCED AUTONOMOUS DRIVING APPLICATION - China's Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission released the informatization plan for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025)  (the Plan), including plans for V2X and autonomous driving development within the country. - an energy network is also included in the Plan. Specifically, the government aims to build an optimized and balanced energy management system, allowing real-time monitoring, online analysis, and dispatch for regional energy information. The government will push forward the mutual interaction between electric vehicles and intelligent grid, forming an intelligent and efficient charging infrastructure system with ample charging piles. Original Source : https://autonews.gasgoo.com/icv/70019430.html HERE'S A FIRST LOOK AT THE TESLA MODEL X PLAID - The Tesla Model S and the Model X share the same platform. It makes sense then that both would end up getting premium-level Plaid tri-motor speedy goodness. - the first Model X Plaid SUVs have made their way into the hands of the public. - Of course, the new car has a landscape infotainment system which is a big upgrade over the old portrait-style version. It's also got the rear-seat screen that controls media and climate controls. - It's important to note that while not discussed in the video, there are clearly some hilariously mismatched panels. Most notably, the Falcon-wing doors look like they settle too low on each side. This causes them to not line up with the front doors or the rear quarter panels. - We know that the Model S Plaid has had some major braking problems. It seems to go without saying that the much heavier Model X is likely to have similar if not worse issues reigning in its 1,020-horsepower. Original Source : https://www.autoevolution.com/news/here-s-a-first-look-at-the-tesla-model-x-plaid-hyper-suv-as-it-s-delivered-to-a-customer-177718.html RIVIAN WARNS OF DELAYS FOR EVS WITH BIGGEST BATTERY AND SMALLEST PRICE - Rivian is pushing back its most expensive, furthest-driving configurations of its electric pickup truck and SUV, warning R1S and R1T reservation-holders that they could face another year's wait if they stick with their original choice. Deliveries of the two EVs are now underway, albeit in small numbers, but Rivian has more than 70,000 preorders to work through. - As of December 15, the CEO wrote, “we had approximately 71,000 preorders for the R1T and R1S in the US and Canada.” Of that, “the large majority” opted for the Adventure Package trim, with Rivian's Large pack battery. - Rivian also has a Max pack battery, which costs $10,000 more but promises 400+ miles of range. However that configuration – though available for reservation-holders to select – wasn't expected to go into production until later in 2022. Now, Scaringe says, that timeline has been pushed back further. - Of the roughly 71,000 preorders, only around 20% are for the Max pack battery. - Rivian will be reaching out to those customers – who, the CEO acknowledges, could have put down reservations as far back as 2018 – in January, with the offer of changing their preorder Original Source : https://www.slashgear.com/rivian-warns-of-delays-for-evs-with-biggest-battery-and-smallest-price-28704348/ SEMICONDUCTOR SUPPLY AND DEMAND CRISIS INTENSIFIES - The release date of customers highly favored electric vehicles has been delayed by more than a year due to the imbalance in supply and demand from the shortage of vehicle semiconductors. Even if consumers sign a new contract on the remaining days of this year, they won't be able to acquire the car in 2022, but in 2023. There are cases where the price of a used car overtakes the price of a new car or even gives up subsidies to purchase as shortage of the supply becomes more prevale - Front-line branches are waiting 13 months for Kia EV6, 12 months for Genesis GV60, and 8 months for Ioniq5 from contract to shipment are required. The actual delivery date may change again depending on the status of subsidies by local governments. An official from the Kia branches said, "The EV6, which uses a lot of semiconductors, has been delayed for more than a year, so it is difficult to confirm when it will be shipped if you sign a contract now. We only received an official letter from the head office telling us to announce change in delivery schedule from time to time to avoid customer complaints.” - As the delay in shipments becomes a serious issue, the price of a used car are even exceeding that of a new car. The longer the delivery period lasts, the higher the used car price becomes. Original Source : https://english.etnews.com/20211228200001 HYUNDAI HOME WILL BUNDLE EV CHARGER, SOLAR, HOME BATTERY Original Source : https://www.motortrend.com/news/hyundai-home-details-ev-charger-solar-home-battery $7M IN GRANTS TO INSTALL ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS IN BAY AREA Original Source : https://cupertinotoday.com/2021/12/28/7m-in-grants-to-install-electric-charging-stations-in-bay-area/ TESCO TO DEPLOY FULLY ELECTRIC HEAVY GOODS TRUCKS IN 'UK FIRST' Original Source : https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4042418/tesco-deploy-electric-heavy-trucks-uk MET GROUP TO INSTALL 4-MW TESLA MEGAPACK BATTERY IN HUNGARY   Original Source : https://renewablesnow.com/news/met-group-to-install-4-mw-tesla-megapack-battery-in-hungary-767406/ QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM Returns in 2022.  Email me a suggestion for a possible question and I might pick yours!  hello@evnewsdaily.com It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast. And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing. Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I'll catch you tomorrow and remember…there's no such thing as a self-charging hybrid. PREMIUM PARTNERS PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE BRAD CROSBY PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI AUDI CINCINNATI EAST VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM/

Macintosh & Maud Haven't Seen What?!
BOND PART IV: No Time to Die (2021)

Macintosh & Maud Haven't Seen What?!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021


CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCATCHER BIG SPOILER WARNING: This episode extensively discusses spoilers for No Time to Die, so please skip this episode if you do not want spoilers at all. CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of murder, grief, kidnapping, child endangerment, death, poison, biological warfare, injuries . We've done Bond therapy on this show before, but wouldn't you know it, a year and a half after our review of Spectre, after viewing al of the films in the Bond canon (and non-canon), we're back to finally close the book on this series. How appropriate, then, that this film does the same for not just one James Bond but perhaps the entire franchise. Of course, the credits state, like they always do, that “James Bond Will Return,” but for the first time in nearly 60 years and 25 canonical films, this franchise has completely open runway to do whatever they want. It's not their best film, and probably not in the top 5, but as a final bookend to a long journey, it's incredibly satisfying. We're talking about No Time to Die this week on Macintosh & Maud Haven't Seen What?! You can email us with feedback at macintoshandmaud@gmail.com, or you can connect with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also please subscribe, rate and review the show on your favorite podcatcher, and tell your friends. Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive. Excerpt taken from "James Bond Theme," written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1962, 2012 Capitol Records LLC. Outro music taken from "Thunderball" written and performed by Johnny freakin' Cash. Song available on Cash's 2011 compilation "Bootleg, Vol II: From Memphis to Hollywood," available on Amazon and iTunes. (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment. Title sequence with the song can be found on YouTube - it's amazing and bizarre and we love it.

Der ichbindochnichthierumbeliebtzusein.com PodCast - Technik, Gadgets, Meinungen und aktuelle Themen, die das Netz und die We
#194 Ich wollte mal als BWLer das Franchising des Weihnachtsmannes erläutern, vorwiegend die Geldmittel für die lange "Sommerpause". Wurde dann aber abgelenkt und nun gibt es eine Rezession von "No Time To Die" (ACHTUNG! SPOILER ALARM!!!)!

Der ichbindochnichthierumbeliebtzusein.com PodCast - Technik, Gadgets, Meinungen und aktuelle Themen, die das Netz und die We

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 20:29


Ich wollte mal als BWLer das Franchising des Weihnachtsmannes erläutern, vorwiegend die Geldmittel für die lange "Sommerpause". Wurde dann aber abgelenkt und nun gibt es eine Rezession von "No Time To Die" (ACHTUNG! SPOILER ALARM!!!)!Ist es nicht eine Herausforderung, den Job des Weihnachtsmanns, oder Christkind, wie er im Süden der Republik genannt wird, näher zu betrachten? Einen ganzen Tag im Jahr arbeiten, sonst nur Urlaub oder zumindest keine weiteren öffentlichen Auftritte? Man könnte meinen, es hört sich nach Jens Spahn an, aber den hat man, trotz aller Unkenrufe, schon mal gesehen. Gemäß dem Fall, es gibt ihn: wie kommt man mit so einer Arbeitseinstellung, erst recht in selbstständiger Position, nur um die Runden? Und ist es Franchise oder doch ein One-Man-Job? Und wo verbringt er dann die Sommerpause oder ist das Zeit für Strategie, Umsetzung und Neukonstruktion von Spielsachen? Ihr merkt schon, nicht nur das finanzielle ist spannend, auch Geschäfts- und Einkommensmodelle. Aber dann musste mir amazon eine Mail schicken, dass der neue und zugleich letzte Craig-Bond nun für knappe fünf Euro für 48 Stunden ausgeliehen und angesehen werden kann. Tja, danke für mein Geschenk und die Ablenkung, Weihnachtsmann, betrachten wir dein Geschäftsmodell eben nächstes Jahr um die Zeit. Und widmen wir uns lieber wichtigen Dingen, unter anderem einer Rezension von "No Time to Die". ALLERLETZTE WARUNUNG: SPOILER-ALARM! DURCHGEHEND! AB HIER! James Bond 007 No Time to Die - digital bei Amazon zur Leihe verfügbar / Bild-/Quelle: amazon.de Für ebenso Kurzentschlossene: BluRay, DVD, 4K-Version und Online-Leihversion als Link. Wir haben lange darauf gewartet - und mir hat die lange Wartezeit und die immer neuen Termine den Spaß auf den letzten Craig-Bond und irgendwie, vor Brosnan als 007, auf die gesamte Bond-Reihe ganz schön verhagelt. Blind und vor Profitgier hat man mehrere Drehs der wichtigen Sponsoren-Artikel, die im Film sonst fast schon den Status eines alten Sammlerobjektes gehabt hätten, durchgeführt. Und den Termin der Premiere immer und immer und immer und noch mehr verschoben. Aber: wenn schon mal durchsickert, dass Bond am Ende sehr heroisch stirbt, muss man sich die Zeit nehmen und mal reinsehen. Also, hier der Plott: Bond, fest verliebt und in Händen nur einer hübschen Frau, ist im Ruhestand. Bei einem Besuch des Grabes seiner großen Liebe, um mit selbiger abzuschließen, jagt ihn Spectre in die Luft. Und ja, der unsägliche Walz, dessen schlechtes Schauspiel nur durch seine noch schlechtere Selbst-Synchronisation getoppt wird, geht uns hier zumindest keine 15 Minuten und das dankbarer Weise auch noch am Stück auf den Sack. Nachdem er Sekunden später zu sich kommt, wird ihm klar: Falle. Und das auch noch von seiner Liebsten! Und schon geht die erste brillante Schießerei los. Wirklich brillant ist auch seine Reaktion, immer noch leicht taub durch die Explosion, auf den Schuss in die Schulter: so reagieren wir normale Menschen, wenn uns eine Mücke sticht: kurz überraschter Blick, keine Miene verzogen aber kurzes Zucken durch den Körper und weiter gehts! Dank dem guten alten und entsprechend ausgestatteten Austin wird erst mal aufgeräumt und weiter gehts. Die Stunts sind unglaublich und unrealistisch wie eh und je, halten einen aber entsprechend bei Laune. Apropos: gibt es außer Austin, Rang Rover und Jaguar überhaupt andere Autos in dem aktuellen Film? Dann verabschieden wir uns von seiner Liebsten - und schwenken in ein geheimes Labor um die geheime Waffe, die die Welt wahlweise zerstören oder dem Bösen die Weltherrschaft übergeben wird, kennenzulernen: Heracles. Die Wirkung lernt Bond nebst einer dreiwöchig angelernten CIA-Fachkraft kennen: bis auf Blofeld, der immer noch in London im Kittchen sitzt, wird so seine komplette Spectre-Mannschaft ausgelöscht. Und: so lernt Bond dann auch die neue 007 kennen. Dann kommt noch der alte Freund Felix Leiter vom CIA ins Spiel - der diesen Auftrag nicht überleben wird. Wohl aber sein neuer Partner, der als Verräter seine Finger im Spiel hat. Und so geht es im Konvoi erst mal wieder zurück nach London, um dort, bei einem Besuch von Blofeld, seine Liebe wiederzusehen. Blöderweise klebt immer noch Heracles an ihm und auch von seiner Liebschaft holt er sich eine neue Dosis ab, so tötet er, wenn auch fast unabsichtlich, seinen Bruder. Puh, bye, bye Walz! Möge der richtige Film nun endlich beginnen! Und ja, nun erfahren wir die Details des Labors und der Waffe. Nur soviel: Nanobots, die ins Blut gehen und je nach DNA anfangen, Leben zu vernichten oder einfach weiter zu schlummern. Blöd ist eben nur, dass diese Bots durch Berührung weiter gegeben werden und dann plötzlich mit dem Töten loslegen... eine ausweglose Situation für den, der sie nun in sich trägt. Man weiß eben nie, auf welche DNA sie denn dann programmiert sind... oder... doch? Ach so, ach ja, auch wenn sie es ihm nicht sagt, er weiß es: Bond hat also auch eine Tochter mit ihr, wer es nicht glauben will, beachte die blauen Augen! Dann kommen ein paar irre Verfolgungsjagden und schon ist seine Liebe wieder weg... nebst Kind. Das kann Bond nicht auf sich sitzen lassen, rächt jetzt am Verräter den Tod von seinem CIA-Kumpel. Damit sind alle Sitekicks erledigt, nun kommt der Endgegner: Und dann der Auftritt des Bösewichts: Lyutsifer. Als ich ihn sah, und jedesmal, wenn ich ihn sah, hörte ich die magischen Akkorde: I see a little silhouetto of a man, Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango! Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening me, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Figaro - magnificoo....!!! Was für eine grandiose Fehlbesetzung, und das neben der grandios schlechten Darstellung von Walz! Auch wäre der Film wohl gute 15 Minuten eher vorbei, hätte man seine Sprechrolle nicht auf eine alte 78er aufgenommen, die dann als 33er abgespielt wurde. Wow, ist das Kunst oder kann das weg? Und, wie immer, vom Vater enttäuscht und schlimmeres, baut er auf einer Insel zwischen Nirgendwo und Japan Pflanzen an, die die Steigerungsform von "giftiger" verdienen. Und hat sich, quasi als Hobby, auch noch das Heracles-Projekt geschnappt und weiterentwickelt, nur um Bond und seine Liebste für immer zu trennen. Und dafür fast zwei Stunden fünfundvierzig Minuten Kinounterhaltung. Es kommt, wie es kommen muss: Er kriegt seine 007 zurück, technische Gadgets am Limit der Realität, dann krabbelt er völlig entspannt in die Basis und zu zweit geht es gehen eine Herrschaft von Armeen. Auf Umwege kommt er an den Bösen ran, der ihn nun auch wieder mit neuen Nanobots infiziert, die auf die DNA seiner Liebsten und seines Kindes programmiert sind. In Verzweiflung und dank dem klassischen Bond-Realismus sieht er nur einen Ausweg: Statt in letzter Sekunde die Insel zu verlassen, opfert er sich, um Frau und Kind ein stressfreies Leben ohne Angst gewährleisten zu können. Noch kurze warme Worte im MI6-Hauptquartier zu seinem Tod, ein Gläserklirren beim stilechten Anstoßen und mit einer Kamerafahrt über London ist es fest vorbei. Schnitt in einen weiteren Austin zu lebendiger Frau und Kind - und aus. Nun zu meiner Filmkritik: Den Machern war die umfangreiche Action zu Anfang so wichtig, dass es fast 24 Minuten dauert, bis der nichtssagende, langweilige und sehr digitalisierte Vorspann endlich abläuft. Die Musik ist totaler Schrott, das zweite Mal in der Bond-Saga, dass sie bei einem Blindtest nicht sofort nach drei Akkorden dem Film zugeordnet werden könnte. Die Story ist hanebüchen, wie immer bei Bond, die besuchten Orte dürften sich bereits oder mit der nächsten Corona-Pause um Touristenzulauf freuen. Allerdings hatte ich bei vielen Aufnahmen in Kuba das Gefühl, von den Autos, die eher Ostniveau statt 60er-Jahre US-Flair mitbringen bis zu der künstlich noch weiter runter gewirtschafteten Armengegend, dass es sich hier um reine Kulisse handelt. Sonst lässt die Action wenig zu wünschen übrig. Während unsereins wohl schon kopfüber am Seil hängend die Gebäudefront nicht überlebt hätte, beweist Craig als Bond des Öfteren seine Härte, wenn er angeschossen wird und verwirrt reagiert, wie unsereins, wenn wir den Mückenstich am Unterarm live miterleben. Dass der letzte Bond nun die Enden der vier vorhergehenden Folgen zusammenbringen und entsprechend seine Verletzlichkeit und seinen Beziehungswillen nach oben spült, war zu erwarten. Dass er Vater ist, war dem Zuschauer auf Basis der blauen Augen sofort klar, auch wenn der Held noch zaudert. Den Freddy-Mercury-Darsteller aus Bohemian Rhapsody zum Bösen zu machen und ihm, statt den Mercury-Dreizahn-Überbiss nun eine Geschichte des gemeinen Vaters, der auch an ihm ein wenig experimentiert hat, anzudichten, hilft nicht, um von dem Ohrwurm aus dem zuvor benannten Song abzulenken - und das JEDES MAL, wenn er in die Kamera rutsch. Was für ein Fail, diese Besetzung! Ja, es ist Corona, ja es gibt Einschränkungen, aber so drastisch hätte man es uns nicht zeigen müssen! Und, eines muss man mir erklären: Auf Kuba wird Bond von Spectre auf deren Party in eine Falle gelockt, während von oben die sabotierte Nanobot-Soße auf ihn herab gesprüht wird. Trotzdem braucht es, obwohl bekannt war, dass er und seine zukünftige Witwe den unsäglich von Walz gespielten und runtergerotzt-hinsynchronisierten Blofeld besuchen gehen, noch eine zweite Nanobot Dosis, die sich indessen die Herzensdame als Parfüm auf die Armgelenke sprüht? WHAT? Auch hätte ich noch Fragen zu der Plattform, auf der Freddy sitzt, mit Bonds Tochter, die quasi mit dem Schuss von Bond sofort eine Klappe öffnet, die beiden verschlingt und die Platte Lichtgeschwindigkeits-gleich wieder schließt... War das eine Falltür? Oder Japans schnellste Springplattform? Aber gut, wer fragt bei Bond schon nach Realismus, erst recht, wenn Nanobots sich durch selbstständigen Abgleich der Wirts-DNA und einer Ziel-DNA munter durch die Welt verteilen? Aber... auch hier eine Frage: Wäre denn ein Großteil der Welt infiziert, wie würden denn die Nanobots, quasi aus der Ferne, in den Millionen und Milliarden von Menschenkörpern auf dem Planeten auf ein neues Ziel programmiert? Und leider, wenn auch einmalig in der Saga der Bond-Serie, stirb unser Held am Ende. Nicht angeschossen - wobei, doch - sondern durch vom ihm beauftragtem Raketenabschuss. Heroisch. Am Ende. Verletzt. Und verletzlich. Hamlet-gleich, direkt um Millimeter am Fokus der Kamera vorbei monologisierend in seinen Ohrstöpsel. Und mit einem Abgleich der Augenfarben ist es vorbei - Einschlag der Raketen, der plötzlich schmerzfreie Tod. Ende mit den Nanobots, die Welt ist gerettet. Wobei nein, wohl wieder ein Filmfehler - eine Person trägt noch welche in sich und verbreitet die nun munter durch die Welt... Nun alles auf Anfang und Mutter und Tochter sitzen im Austin und brausen die kurvigen Straßen dem Abspann entgegen - einzig unterbrochen durch eine würdig-kurzgehaltene Verabschiedungsszene im MI5-Hauptgebäude. Vorbei, die Ära Craig-Bond. Schade! Irgendwie wird er mir fehlen. Kritisiert für seine Härte, was aber Bond zur damaligen Zeit - sind es wirklich schon 15 Jahre? - endlich in die Neuzeit katapultiert und die Filmreihe in neue Höhen befördert hat... bleibt nur spannend, die sich wohl noch endlos in die Länge ziehende Diskussion zum Thema "Wer wird der nächste Bond" aufgelöst zu bekommen. Das nächste enttäuschende und nervige Thema um die aktuelle Bond-Saga. Nach Sichtung einer weiblichen PoC-007 im aktuellen Film hoffe ich doch, dass es wieder altbewährt in der Männerwelt einen Treffer gibt. Klar, hat man hier eine überspitze Zeichnung und viel Schmollen und Missgunst eingebaut - aber wenn das die ausschlaggebenden Merkmale von Bond Komma weiblich Komma Hauptdarsteller sein sollen, bin ich definitiv raus! Würde mich auch nicht wundern, wenn man es bewusst überzeichnet hat, nur um die Reaktionen der, vor allem männlichen Zuschauer, testen zu können. Von mir: zwei dicke Daumen runter. Wenn dies das britische Agentenbild der Frauen ist, sollte 007 mit Bond, der es im Dienst glatt noch zu Nachwuchs gebracht hat, ein würdiges Ende finden! Da sehe ich eher die Zeit von Moneypenny gekommen, die hat man meiner Meinung nach schon ein wenig, mit Spruch und Schuss, für diese Aufgabe in Stellung gebracht. Schließlich hat auch eine weibliche M der ganzen Saga einen ganz neuen Stil eingehaucht! Aber das werden wir abwarten müssen - und auch, wie tief amazon sich hier in künftige Produktionen und deren Vermarktung einmischt! Für mich ist die Zukunft von Bond und 007 erst mal unklar, die Luft raus und der Hype verflogen - eben WEIL man es unbedingt so spannend machen muss. Auch bin ich gespannt, wie man uns dann abholt... schließlich gab es so ein Ende, bei dem wir Zuschauer wurden, noch nie! Damit findet meine Enttäuschung mit falscher Gegenspielerwahl, einer unfassbar dämlichen Quoten-007 und schon wieder dem Walz, einen neuen Höhepunkt! Trotz einer gewissen, wenn auch Corona-geschuldeten, Ideenlosigkeit im Drehbuch als auch dann noch das Typische an Bond, den Vorspann, so zu verhunzen und uns 24 Minuten darauf warten zu lassen, um uns dann auch noch mit grauenvoller Musik abzuspeisen... nicht die besten Zeichen für den letzten Teil! Ich muss aber gestehen: die größte Enttäuschung, als jemand, der die Bond-BluRay-Box zu Hause hat und somit jederzeit auf alle Bond-Filme zurückgreifen kann, ist in mir und einzig und allein: dass die Daniel-Craig-007-Ära nun zu Ende ist! Und das auch noch wirklich und endlich. Aus meiner Sicht wird es für den Nachfolger schwierig, in die großen Fußstapfen zu treten... wenn wir denn jemals erfahren, wer es denn werden wird...! PodCast abonnieren: | direkt | iTunes | Spotify | Google | amazon | PROUDLY RECORDED AND PRODUCED WITH Ultraschall5 Folge direkt herunterladen

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The Bible Forum
The Spectre of Gov't Health Care

The Bible Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 8:00


Health on SermonAudio
The Spectre of Gov't Health Care

Health on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 8:00


A new MP3 sermon from The Bible Forum is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: The Spectre of Gov't Health Care Speaker: Warren Sprouse Broadcaster: The Bible Forum Event: TV Broadcast Date: 12/26/2021 Length: 8 min.

TOMorrow - der Business & Style Podcast
Der ultimative Luxus – mit Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

TOMorrow - der Business & Style Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 66:46


Es sind die Kronjuwelen auf Rädern. Rolls-Royce ist eine der ikonischsten Marken der Welt. 1904 von Charles Rolls und Sir Henry Royce gegründet mit dem Anspruch, nichts geringeres als die besten Autos der Welt zu bauen. „Strive for perfection in everything you do“ war und ist der Leitgedanke! Heute steht das Unternehmen mit Sitz im englischen Goodwood vor einem historischen Schritt, wie CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös sagt: Er hat angekündigt, 2023 den ersten vollelektrischen Rolls-Royce zu präsentieren. Der Name – jetzt schon legendär – Spectre! Klingt, na klar: nach James Bond. Ich habe Torsten Müller-Ötvös jetzt im Drivers Business Club in München getroffen. Seit 2010 ist er CEO der ur-britischen Marke, der 00Luxury im Auftrag ihrer Majestät sozusagen, obwohl das Unternehmen mittlerweile zur BMW Group gehört. In TOMorrow verrät er, was ultimativen Luxus heute wirklich ausmacht. Warum für die Kunden in diesem Segment der Preis überhaupt keine Relevanz mehr hat, sondern sie mit einem Rolls-Royce ihre persönliche Geschichte erzählen wollen. Whatever it takes. Was auch immer sie wünschen, wird gebaut. Handgefertigt, bespoke bis ins kleinste Detail, jeder Rolls-Royce ein absolutes Unikat. Ob eine Farbe, die es so noch gar nicht existiert, unter dem Dach ein Sternenbild aus dem Geburtsjahr leuchten soll oder der Champagnerkühler bitte mit drei Klimazonen ausgestattet sein soll. „Ihre Vorstellungskraft ist unser Limit“, sagt der CEO. Und die Kunden werden immer jünger… Also: Starten wir rein – viel Spaß in der Welt des ultimativen Luxus, viel Spaß mit Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös!

Bondfinger
No Time to Die (roundtable, with spoilers)

Bondfinger

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 62:37


Can I just have one nice evening before the world explodes? After a disastrous attempt to record a commentary on No Time to Die results in several cinemagoers calling the police, we decide to regroup, get some drinks in, and hold a roundtable discussion of Daniel Craig's last film in the role. So: when SPECTRE holds a Christmas drinks thing despite Covid restrictions and everyone ends up feeling quite unwell, James Bond, Felix Leiter and 007 (it's complicated) team up (sort of) to find the renegate scientist responsible. A whole bunch of things happen, and a generation of Bond fans are scarred for life as a result. Be warned. There will be spoilers. Here is a link to the #IAmNotYourVillain campaign by Changing Faces UK, which calls on filmmakers to stop using scars and disfigurement as a signifier of villainy.

FunVee Podcast
Episode 60 - Spectre (2015)

FunVee Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 60:25


SPOILERS for all Daniel Craig Bond movies!!!!!!

The Pop Culture Pros Podcast Network
00Deep Dive Mission: Spectre

The Pop Culture Pros Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 81:34


The Deep Dive continues on PCP's home for everything James Bond: 00Deep Dive: Mission: Spectre. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popculturepros/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/popculturepros/support

SBS Punjabi - ਐਸ ਬੀ ਐਸ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ
Government upbeat over fiscal outlook despite the COVID spectre

SBS Punjabi - ਐਸ ਬੀ ਐਸ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 6:24


The half-yearly financial check-up on the Australian economy has showed the economic recovery is taking shape - but COVID uncertainty continues to cast a shadow over the future outlook.

SBS Macedonian - СБС Македонски
Government upbeat over fiscal outlook despite the COVID spectre - Владата е оптимист за фискалната перспектива и покрај неизвесноста околу KОВИД

SBS Macedonian - СБС Македонски

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 7:14


The half-yearly financial check-up on the Australian economy has showed the economic recovery is taking shape - but COVID uncertainty continues to cast a shadow over the future outlook. And the Opposition is demanding the government reveal the billions set aside in the budget for the next election. - Полугодишната финансиска проверка на австралиската економија покажа дека економското закрепнување се оформува - но неизвесноста за KОВИД продолжува да фрла сенка врз идните перспективи. А опозицијата бара Владата да ги открие издвоените милијарди во буџетот за следните избори.

Murder Metal Mayhem
Bonus Episode - Kris Wallstrom/Warfect Interview

Murder Metal Mayhem

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 35:48


Pete did this interview with Kris Wallstrom, bassist of the Swedish thrash metal band, Warfect.  They talk about their latest album, "Spectre of Devastation", touring, his bass tone and rig set up, thrash metal, and much more.  It's a 35-minute interview that includes the song, "Left To Rot".Check out Warfect here for more information and support the cause and BUY SOME MERCH!Go to Murder Metal Mayhem to listen to our show!Order one of the new MMM shirts with the zombie design from Jeff Gaither!Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Subscribe to our YouTube channel.Join the 666 Club and become a Patreon supporter of the show.  Only $3 a month for bonus content, VIP access, discounts on merch and more!

Draw Drink'n
RYAN SOOK

Draw Drink'n

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 89:55


Ryan Sook is an American comic book artist, known for his work on books such as Seven Soldiers: Zatanna, X-Factor and The Spectre. His style has been compared to that of Mike Mignola, Adam Hughes, and Kevin Nowlan.

SBS World News Radio
Government upbeat over fiscal outlook despite the COVID spectre

SBS World News Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 4:48


The half-yearly financial check-up on the Australian economy has showed the economic recovery is taking shape - but COVID uncertainty continues to cast a shadow over the future outlook.

Gauntlet Hangouts
Spectre Scouts vs. The Ashen (1 of 2)

Gauntlet Hangouts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 115:37


This is a playtest of a new game in development; Spectre Scouts is a special operations/military themed game focused on one last job from beyond the grave. The President is dying. He has many enemies, both foreign and domestic. Those who would harm him, in life and in death. It's the Spectre Scouts' job to protect him, no matter the personal cost to them, and no matter how little he deserves it. (Photo by HIZIR KAYA on Unsplash)

Dress Shoes You Can Fight In
Episode 87 - The Spectre of Uncertainty

Dress Shoes You Can Fight In

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 78:37


In March of 2020 we told you we would be exactly here right now. Where we go from here is far less obvious. They are desperate, protect your neck.

Haymarket Books Live
Is Neoliberalism Finished? w/ David McNally, Michael Roberts, & Prabhat Patnaik

Haymarket Books Live

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 89:17


Join Haymarket Books and Spectre Journal for a discussion of Neoliberalism and the future of the global economy. After the failures of Keynesianism in the 1970s, the capitalist classes of the world turned to neoliberalism to discipline workers and restore profitability. In the wake of the Great Recession of 2008-10, capitalism has been mired in a long-term global slump and neoliberal policies have been unable to trigger a new boom. Is neoliberalism finished? Are states returning to Keynesianism? Will that work? Why is the world economy locked in a slump? Join this webinar to hear answers to these and other questions from Prabhat Patnaik, Michael Roberts, and David McNally. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Speakers: David McNally teaches history at the University of Houston. He is an editor of Spectre journal, and the author of seven books, including Blood and Money: War, Slavery, Finance and Empire (Haymarket Books 2020). Michael Roberts is a British-based Marxist economist and author who worked as a professional economist in financial institutions for 40 years. He is author of several books: The Great Recession - a Marxist View (2009); The Long Depression (Haymarket 2016); World in Crisis joint ed (Haymarket 2018) and Marx 200 (2018). He blogs regularly at: thenextrecession.wordpress.com. Prabhat Patnaik is a well-known radical economist. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, development economics, and political economy. His books include Accumulation and Stability Under Capitalism and The Retreat to Unfreedom. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- This event is sponsored by Spectre Journal and Haymarket Books. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work. Watch the live event recording: https://youtu.be/bzCjTUNrQRk Buy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.org Follow us on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks

Our Film Fathers
Episode 83: Craig. Daniel Craig

Our Film Fathers

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 53:01


As we approach the end of his era, we look back at Daniel Craig's Bond run starting with Casino Royale (2006) and continuing thru Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and the newest release No Time to Die (2021). We talk about the villains, Bond women, and gadgetry that all make Bond who he is.Subscribe, rate and review:Apple Podcasts: Our Film FathersSpotify: Our Film FathersGoogle Podcasts: Our Film FathersStitcher: Our Film FathersAmazon Music: Our Film Fathers-----------------------Follow us:Instagram: @ourfilmfathersTwitter: @ourfilmfathersEmail: ourfilmfathers@gmail.com

The Earth 2 Podcast
Stop That Kid Before He Wrecks the World

The Earth 2 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 55:39


The Spectre faces a difficult moral choice in our latest episode. What is more important, the life of one child or the fate of the world?!?!?!   Join David and Peter as they discuss the Spectre issue 4, written and drawn by the legendary Neal Adams!   As usual, they'll perform a dramatic reading of the story, give their thoughts on the issue and examine reader reaction from the time.   You don't want to miss this one!   #nealadams #spectre #dccomics #jsa #thespectre #dcu #dcmultiverse

GSMC Music Podcast
GSMC Music Podcast Episode 208: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

GSMC Music Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 47:12


Keith and Cynthia talk about Christmas music, because what else would they talk about this week? Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and more are on the list. If you enjoyed this episode, follow us and subscribe to the show: you can find us on iTunes or on any app that carries podcasts as well as on YouTube. Please remember to subscribe and give us a nice review. That way you will always be among the first to get the latest GSMC Music Podcasts. We would like to thank our Sponsor: GSMC Podcast Network Advertise with US: https://gsmcpodcast.com/advertise-with-us Website: https://gsmcpodcast.com/gsmc-music-podcast Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gsmc-music-podcast/id1116276057 GSMC YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ylztuL_NX4 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GSMC_Music Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Golden-State-Media-Concepts-Music-Podcast- 564122230427945/ Disclaimer: The views expressed on the GSMC Music Podcast are for entertainment purposes only. Reproduction, copying or redistribution of The GSMC Music Podcast without the express written consent of Golden State Media Concepts LLC is prohibited.

Samplez-Moi !
Samplez-Moi !! 09 James Bond - 007

Samplez-Moi !

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 29:56


Je n'ai toujours pas vu "Spectre", ni "No Time To Die" d'ailleurs... Il est bien le dernier ? Les références plus ou moins explicites à la franchise James Bond. De la simple citation à la reprise, en passant par le sample, évidemment. Cet épisode est la suite logique de celui de la semaine dernière dédié aux Propellerheads, n'hésitez pas à y jeter une oreille !

FRIDAY FAMILY FILM NIGHT
Friday Family Film Night: NO TIME TO DIE review

FRIDAY FAMILY FILM NIGHT

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 41:19


In which the Mister joins me in reviewing NO TIME TO DIE (2021), the final installment in the Daniel Craig/James Bond/007 storyline. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, with a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge; the story follows James Bond (Daniel Craig) who is quietly living in Jamaica when he is visited by an old acquaintance Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) and is sucked back into his old life and encounters a some old enemies, his lost love (Léa Seydoux as Madeleine) and a mysterious villian who enacted a brilliant plot, took ou Spectre but then goes on to some more nefarious but unexplained shennaningans. Not my favorite Bond film but catch it if you're a Bonod devotee or like Craig. The film has a run time of 2 h 43 m and is rated PG-13. Please note there are SPOILERS in this review. Opening intro music: GOAT by Wayne Jones, courtesy of YouTube Audio Library --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jokagoge/support

Security Voices
All the Latest Cybersecurity Research, Summarized: Rebooting ThinkstScapes with Jacob Torrey

Security Voices

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 56:31


What if there was someone who could take all of the best security research over recent months and distill it down into the greatest hits? Sort of like a Spotify “Release Radar”, but for the best talks at conferences. There is. It's not in Blinkist. It's (back) at ThinkstScapes after a multiyear hiatus.And it's now gloriously free.This episode of Security Voices covers the return of Thinkstscapes with Jacob Torrey who led the reboot of the now quarterly report. In the interview with Jack and Dave, Jacob explains how he and the team at Thinkst devour and summarize the very best security research from thousands of presentations and hundreds of conferences across the globe.Jacob starts with some of his favorites, which focuses on an innovative research project not from a startup or researcher, but from a multi-decade antivirus company that went all in on an industrial controls system honeypot project. From there we cover ground that ranges from speculative execution vulnerabilities to a spate of embedded vulnerabilities, including a Hollywood style attack using laser pointers to compromise voice activated devices such as Amazon's Alexa. In continuity from our last episode with Frank Pound, we also discuss a TCP timing attack that threatens to allow eavesdropping over satellite base station connections.Look for our next episodes to resume their normal, monthly cadence as we've found a means of streamlining our audio production and we now have a recording waiting in the wings. Enjoy the show!

Story Screen Presents
Ep 287: Overdrinkers - No Time To Die and The Daniel Craig Cycle

Story Screen Presents

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 170:34


Host Mike Burdge is joined by Reeya Banerjee to once again slurp those martinis and chat about ya boi, Double-O Seven, this time specifically talking about the 5 films in Daniel Craig's run: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die. Listen on....

Entertainment Chat
Ep.8 James Bond Movie Series (Daniel Craig)

Entertainment Chat

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 17:47


We review Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time to Die. Each of them will be talked about =) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/redeagle/message

Baconsale: Hickory-Smoked Pop Culture
Episode 330: Bonding with James (The Modern Missions)

Baconsale: Hickory-Smoked Pop Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 98:31


The World is Not Enough for some, and one show was not enough for Baconsale, so here is our second James Bond episode for Dr. No-vember. Kent, Joel, and Zack are going to tier The Living Daylights out of every modern 007 film from Timothy Dalton to Daniel Craig. We're leaving our Quantum of Solace this time, and there are more fights, but there's No Time To Die because we have a lot of information to get through, so some of us will just have to Die Another Day….and become a Spectre.   Okay, enough Bond puns. We don't want to Jinx this episode. Press play.

The Sidetracked Podcast
The Sidetracked Podcast Episode 623 - Dr. Octavius And His Waldos

The Sidetracked Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 190:30


Topics Include:This Week In Trailers:Spider-Man: No Way HomeDisney+ Day:HawkeyeMoon KnightMs. MarvelShe-HulkSecret InvasionSpider-Man: Freshman YearWhat If...? Season 2X-Men '97Marvel ZombiesAgatha: House Of HarknessEchoBaymaxObiWan KenobiStill too old for this shit 30 years laterTaika Waititi to (allegedly) direct the Incal movie (that will probably never actually get made)What We've Been Reading:BerserkA Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #1-2Harley Quinn: The Eat, Bang, Kill Tour #1-3Andre The Giant: Life And LegendWhat We've Been Watching:Casino RoyaleQuantum Of SolaceSkyfallSpectreThe Dark KnightThe Dark Knight RisesJingle All The WayJingle All The Way 2The Truman ShowConan The DestroyerDrop ZoneShang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten RingsShaun Of The DeadThe GuiltySpiral: From The Book Of SawThe Harder They FallFeatured Movie Review: The EternalsRuntime: 3hours, 11 minutesWARNING: The Sidetracked Podcast contains spoilers and dirty words.

The Strategic Whimsy Experiment
Ep. 173 - Spectre (2015)

The Strategic Whimsy Experiment

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 64:43


In preparation for the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, Jen and Sarah review Spectre in this episode of The Strategic Whimsy Experiment. They discuss the growth of James Bond over the course of the film and how that character has changed greatly over the years. They articulate the problems they had with the story lines and issues with the basic premise of the film. Finally, they speculate about what might happen in the next film and Daniel Craig's final appearance as James Bond. What did you think of Spectre? What do you hope to see in No Time to Die? Follow us on Instagram @strategicwhimsyexperiment and on Twitter @strategicwhimsy. Contact us with any questions or comments at strategicwhimsyexperiment@gmail.com.

Blunt Instruments
Interview with Clem So

Blunt Instruments

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 50:43


Jake, Luke & Lorenzo are all back for a very special interview with Mr. Clem So, background actor in over 60 different films & TV shows including: Skyfall, Spectre, No Time to Die, Star Wars, Black Widow, Harry Potter, Fast & Furious, and Luther to name a few.  Clem gives us some inside details of what it's like working on a Bond film as well as some stories from the filming of No Time to Die. 

The Video Shop Podcast
#313 - No Time To Die

The Video Shop Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 54:17


Sam and Cal talk about the latest James Bond film. As you all might remember they hated Spectre. So what will they think of this one? Timecodes: 00:00 - Tweets 14:21 - Topic Twitter - https://twitter.com/videoshoppod Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thevideoshop Website - https://www.thevideoshop.com.au/

The Earth 2 Podcast
Menace of the Mystic Mastermind

The Earth 2 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 72:26


Writer Mike Friedrich makes his comic debut with the incredible third issue of the Spectre. It doesn't hurt that Neal Adams is the artist for the story either!   A hapless crook gains fantastic powers which is terrible timing for Wildcat, the Golden Age hero who's starting to feel his age. Can the Spectre stop the villain AND give his JSA teammate the boost he sorely needs?   Join David and Peter as they cover this outstanding issue with their usual dramatic reading and analysis. Also, prepare for LETTER-O-RAMA as this issue provoked A LOT of response at the time.   Do not miss it!   #spectre #thespectre #wildcat #jsa #justicesociety #nealadams #mikefriedrich #dccomics #dcu #dcmultiverse #earth2 #comics #comicpodcast   

Shaken Not Nerd
No Time To Die Review w/ Ian

Shaken Not Nerd

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 87:09


Finally, after waiting for what feels like an eternity No Time To Die has officially released, and 6 years after Spectre how is Daniel Craig's final bout as James Bond? Well we couldn't talk about bond without Ian! Shaken Not Nerd is bought to you by Incognito Comics! Head over to their online store at www.incognitocomics.com.au and pick up some great must read books today! Hell theres even some great James Bond books! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cinema Speak
Episode 260 - Eternals

Cinema Speak

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 170:28


We live forever with Marvel's Eternals and also talk Martyrs, Dune, Halloween Kills, Malignant and Bride of Frankenstein. Follow the show on Twitter: @thecinemaspeak Follow the show on Instagram: cinemaspeakpodcast Subscribe on Youtube: Cinema Speak Intro: 0:00 - 15:$7 Review - Eternals: 15:47 - 1:11:19 Micro-Reviews - Martyrs, Malignant, Bride of Frankenstein, Bride of Chucky, Halloween Kills, Spectre, No Time to Die, Dune: 1:11:19 - 1:55:32 This week in new releases/Outro: 1:55:32 - 1:59:10 Spoiler Discussion - Eternals: 1:59:10 - 2:50:27

Screaming in the Cloud
Building a Partnership with Your Cloud Provider with Micheal Benedict

Screaming in the Cloud

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 54:44


About Micheal Micheal Benedict leads Engineering Productivity at Pinterest. He and his team focus on developer experience, building tools and platforms for over a thousand engineers to effectively code, build, deploy and operate workloads on the cloud. Mr. Benedict has also built Infrastructure and Cloud Governance programs at Pinterest and previously, at Twitter -- focussed on managing cloud vendor relationships, infrastructure budget management, cloud migration, capacity forecasting and planning and cloud cost attribution (chargeback). Links: Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com Teletraan: https://github.com/pinterest/teletraan Twitter: https://twitter.com/micheal Pinterestcareers.com: https://pinterestcareers.com TranscriptAnnouncer: Hello, and welcome to Screaming in the Cloud with your host, Chief Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group, Corey Quinn. This weekly show features conversations with people doing interesting work in the world of cloud, thoughtful commentary on the state of the technical world, and ridiculous titles for which Corey refuses to apologize. This is Screaming in the Cloud.Corey: You know how git works right?Announcer: Sorta, kinda, not really. Please ask someone else!Corey: Thats all of us. Git is how we build things, and Netlify is one of the best way I've found to build those things quickly for the web. Netlify's git based workflows mean you don't have to play slap and tickle with integrating arcane non-sense and web hooks, which are themselves about as well understood as git. Give them a try and see what folks ranging from my fake Twitter for pets startup, to global fortune 2000 companies are raving about. If you end up talking to them, because you don't have to, they get why self service is important—but if you do, be sure to tell them that I sent you and watch all of the blood drain from their faces instantly. You can find them in the AWS marketplace or at www.netlify.com. N-E-T-L-I-F-Y.comCorey: This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Vultr. Spelled V-U-L-T-R because they're all about helping save money, including on things like, you know, vowels. So, what they do is they are a cloud provider that provides surprisingly high performance cloud compute at a price that—while sure they claim its better than AWS pricing—and when they say that they mean it is less money. Sure, I don't dispute that but what I find interesting is that it's predictable. They tell you in advance on a monthly basis what it's going to going to cost. They have a bunch of advanced networking features. They have nineteen global locations and scale things elastically. Not to be confused with openly, because apparently elastic and open can mean the same thing sometimes. They have had over a million users. Deployments take less that sixty seconds across twelve pre-selected operating systems. Or, if you're one of those nutters like me, you can bring your own ISO and install basically any operating system you want. Starting with pricing as low as $2.50 a month for Vultr cloud compute they have plans for developers and businesses of all sizes, except maybe Amazon, who stubbornly insists on having something to scale all on their own. Try Vultr today for free by visiting: vultr.com/screaming, and you'll receive a $100 in credit. Thats v-u-l-t-r.com slash screaming.Corey: Welcome to Screaming in the Cloud. I'm Corey Quinn. Every once in a while, I like to talk to people who work at very large companies that are not in fact themselves a cloud provider. I know it sounds ridiculous. How can you possibly be a big company and not make money by selling managed NAT gateways to an unsuspecting public? But I'm told it can be done here to answer that question. And hopefully at least one other is Pinterest. It's head of engineering productivity, Micheal Benedict. Micheal, thank you for taking the time to join me today.Micheal: Hi, Corey, thank you for inviting me today. I'm really excited to talk to you.Corey: So, exciting times at Pinterest in a bunch of different ways. It was recently reported—which of course, went right to the top of my inbox as 500,000 people on Twitter all said, “Hey, this sounds like a ‘Corey would be interested in it' thing.” It was announced that you folks had signed a $3.2 billion commitment with AWS stretching until 2028. Now, if this is like any other large-scale AWS contract commitment deal that has been made public, you were probably immediately inundated with a whole bunch of people who are very good at arithmetic and not very good at business context saying, “$3.2 billion? You could build massive data centers for that. Why would anyone do this?” And it's tiresome, and that's the world in which we live. But I'm guessing you heard at least a little bit of that from the peanut gallery.Micheal: I did, and I always find it interesting when direct comparisons are made with the total amount that's been committed. And like you said, there's so many nuances that go into how to perceive that amount, and put it in context of, obviously, what Pinterest does. So, I at least want to take this opportunity to share with everyone that Pinterest has been on the cloud since day one. When Ben initially started the company, that product was launched—it was a simple Django app—it was launched on AWS from day one, and since then, it has grown to support 450-plus million MAUs over the course of the decade.And our infrastructure has grown pretty complex. We started with a bunch of EC2 machines and persisting data in S3, and since then we have explored an array of different products, in fact, sometimes working very closely with AWS, as well and helping them put together a product roadmap for some of the items they're working on as well. So, we have an amazing partnership with them, and part of the commitment and how we want to see these numbers is how does it unlock value for Pinterest as a business over time in terms of making us much more agile, without thinking about the nuances of the infrastructure itself. And that's, I think, one of the best ways to really put this into context, that it's not a single number we pay at the end [laugh] of the month, but rather, we are on track to spending a certain amount over a period of time, so this just keeps accruing or adding to that number. And we basically come out with an amazing partnership in AWS, where we have that commitment and we're able to leverage their products and full suite of items without any hiccups.Corey: The most interesting part of what you said is the word partner. And I think that's the piece that gets lost an awful lot when we talk about large-scale cloud negotiations. It's not like buying a car, where you can basically beat the crap out of the salesperson, you can act as if $400 price difference on a car is the difference between storm out of the dealership and sign the contract. Great, you don't really have to deal with that person ever again.In the context of a cloud provider, they run your production infrastructure, and if they have a bad day, I promise you're going to have a bad day, too. You want to handle those negotiations in a way that is respectful of that because they are your partner, whether you want them to be or not. Now, I'm not suggesting that any cloud provider is going to hold an awkward negotiation against the customer, but at the same time, there are going to be scenarios in which you're going to want to have strong relationships, where you're going to need to cash in political capital to some extent, and personally, I've never seen stupendous value in trying to beat the crap out of a company in order to get another tenth of a percent discount on a service you barely use, just because someone decided that well, we didn't do well in the last negotiation so we're going to get them back this time.That's great. What are you actually planning to do as a company? Where are you going? And the fact that you just alluded to, that you're not just a pile of S3 and EC2 instances speaks, in many ways, to that. By moving into the differentiated service world, suddenly you're able to do things that don't look quite as much like building a better database and start looking a lot more like servicing your users more effectively and well.Micheal: And I think, like you said, I feel like there's like a general skepticism in viewing that the cloud providers are usually out there to rip you apart. But in reality, that's not true. To your point, as part of the partnership, especially with AWS and Pinterest, we've got an amazing relationship going on, and behind the scenes, there's a dedicated team at Pinterest, called the Infrastructure Governance Team, a cross-functional team with folks from finance, legal, engineering, product, all sitting together and working with our AWS partners—even the AWS account managers at the times are part of that—to help us make both Pinterest successful, and in turn, AWS gets that amazing customer to work with in helping build some of their newer products as well. And that's one of the most important things we have learned over time is that there's two parts to it; when you want to help improve your business agility, you want to focus not just on the bottom line numbers as they are. It's okay to pay a premium because it offsets the people capital you would have to invest in getting there.And that's a very tricky way to look at math, but that's what these teams do; they sit down and work through those specifics. And for what it's worth, in our conversations, the AWS teams always come back with giving us very insightful data on how we're using their systems to help us better think about how we should be pricing or looking things ahead. And I'm not the expert on this; like I said, there's a dedicated team sitting behind this and looking through and working through these deals, but that's one of the important takeaways I hope the users—or the listeners of this podcast then take away that you want to treat your cloud provider as your partner as much as possible. They're not always there to screw you. That's not their goal. And I apologize for using that term. It is important that you set that expectations that it's in their best interest to actually make you successful because that's how they make money as well.Corey: It's a long-term play. I mean, they could gouge you this quarter, and then you're trying to evacuate as fast as possible. Well, they had a great quarter, but what's their long-term prospect? There are two competing philosophies in the world of business; you can either make a lot of money quickly, or you can make a little bit of money and build it over time in a sustained way. And it's clear the cloud providers are playing the long game on this because they basically have to.Micheal: I mean, it's inevitable at this point. I mean, look at Pinterest. It is one of those success stories. Starting as a Django app on a bunch of EC2 machines to wherever we are right now with having a three-plus billion dollar commitment over a span of couple of years, and we do spend a pretty significant chunk of that on a yearly basis. So, in this case, I'm sure it was a great successful partnership.And I'm hoping some of the newer companies who are building the cloud from the get-go are thinking about it from that perspective. And one of the things I do want to call out, Corey, is that we did initially start with using the primitive services in AWS, but it became clear over time—and I'm sure you heard of the term multi-cloud and many of that—you know, when companies start evaluating how to make the most out of the deals they're negotiating or signing, it is important to acknowledge that the cost of any of those evaluations or even thinking about migrations never tends to get factored in. And we always tend to treat that as being extremely simple or not, but those are engineering resources you want to be spending more building on the product rather than these crazy costly migrations. So, it's in your best interest probably to start using the most from your cloud provider, and also look for opportunities to use other cloud providers—if they provide more value in certain product offerings—rather than thinking about a complete lift-and-shift, and I'm going to make DR as being the primary case on why I want to be moving to multi-cloud.Corey: Yeah. There's a question, too, of the numbers on paper look radically different than the reality of this. You mentioned, Pinterest has been on AWS since the beginning, which means that even if an edict had been passed at the beginning, that, “Thou shalt never build on anything except EC2 and S3. The end. Full stop.”And let's say you went down that rabbit hole of, “Oh, we don't trust their load balancers. We're going to build our own at home. We have load balancers at home. We'll use those.” It's terrible, but even had you done that and restricted yourselves just to those baseline building blocks, and then decide to do a cloud migration, you're still looking back at over a decade of experience where the app has been built unconsciously reflecting the various failure modes that AWS has, the way that it responds to API calls, the latency in how long it takes to request something versus it being available, et cetera, et cetera.So, even moving that baseline thing to another cloud provider is not a trivial undertaking by any stretch of the imagination. But that said—because the topic does always come up, and I don't shy away from it; I think it's something people should go into with an open mind—how has the multi-cloud conversation progressed at Pinterest? Because there's always a multi-cloud conversation.Micheal: We have always approached it with some form of… openness. It's not like we don't want to be open to the ideas, but you really want to be thinking hard on the business case and the business value something provides on why you want to be doing x. In this case, when we think about multi-cloud—and again, Pinterest did start with EC2 and S3, and we did keep it that way for a long time. We built a lot of primitives around it, used it—for example, my team actually runs our bread and butter deployment system on EC2. We help facilitate deployments across a 100,000-plus machines today.And like you said, we have built that system keeping in mind how AWS works, and understanding the nuances of region and AZ failovers and all of that, and help facilitate deployments across 1000-plus microservices in the company. So, thinking about leveraging, say, a Google Cloud instance and how that works, in theory, we can always make a case for engineering to build our deployment system and expand there, but there's really no value. And one of the biggest cases, usually, when multi-cloud comes in is usually either negotiation for price or actually a DR strategy. Like, what if AWS goes down in and us-east-1? Well, let's be honest, they're powering half the internet [laugh] from that one single—Corey: Right.Micheal: Yeah. So, if you think your business is okay running when AWS goes down and half the internet is not going to be working, how do you want to be thinking about that? So, DR is probably not the best reason for you to be even exploring multi-cloud. Rather, you should be thinking about what the cloud providers are offering as a very nuanced offering which your current cloud provider is not offering, and really think about just using those specific items.Corey: So, I agree that multi-cloud for DR purposes is generally not necessarily the best approach with the idea of being able to failover seamlessly, but I like the idea for backups. I mean, Pinterest is a publicly-traded company, which means that among other things, you have to file risk disclosures and be responsive to auditors in a variety of different ways. There are some regulations to start applying to you. And the idea of, well, AWS builds things out in a super effective way, region separation, et cetera, whenever I talk to Amazonians, they are always surprised that anyone wouldn't accept that, “Oh, if you want backups use a different region. Problem solved.”Right, but it is often easier for me to have a rehydrate the business level of backup that would take weeks to redeploy living on another cloud provider than it is for me to explain to all of those auditors and regulators and financial analysts, et cetera why I didn't go ahead and do that path. So, there's always some story for okay, what if AWS decides that they hate us and want to kick us off the platform? Well, that's why legal is involved in those high-level discussions around things like risk, and indemnity, and termination for convenience and for cause clauses, et cetera, et cetera. The idea of making an all-in commitment to a cloud provider goes well beyond things that engineering thinks about. And it's easy for those of us with engineering backgrounds to be incredibly dismissive of that of, “Oh, indemnity? Like, when does AWS ever lose data?” “Yeah, but let's say one day they do. What is your story going to be when asked some very uncomfortable questions by people who wanted you to pay attention to this during the negotiation process?” It's about dotting the i's and crossing the t's, especially with that many commas in the contractual commitments.Micheal: No, it is true. And we did evaluate that as an option, but one of the interesting things about compliance, and especially auditing as well, we generally work with the best in class consultants to help us work through the controls and how we audit, how we look at these controls, how to make sure there's enough accountability going through. The interesting part was in this case, as well, we were able to work with AWS in crafting a lot of those controls and setting up the right expectations as and when we were putting proposals together as well. Now, again, I'm not an expert on this and I know we have a dedicated team from our technical program management organization focused on this, but early on we realized that, to your point, the cost of any form of backups and then being able to audit what's going in, look at all those pipelines, how quickly we can get the data in and out it was proving pretty costly for us. So, we were able to work out some of that within the constructs of what we have with our cloud provider today, and still meet our compliance goals.Corey: That's, on some level, the higher point, too, where everything is everything comes down to context; everything comes down to what the business demands, what the business requires, what the business will accept. And I'm not suggesting that in any case, they're wrong. I'm known for beating the ‘Multi-cloud is a bad default decision' drum, and then people get surprised when they'll have one-on-one conversations, and they say, “Well, we're multi-cloud. Do you think we're foolish?” “No. You're probably doing the right thing, just because you have context that is specific to your business that I, speaking in a general sense, certainly don't have.”People don't generally wake up in the morning and decide they're going to do a terrible job or no job at all at work today, unless they're Facebook's VP of Integrity. So, it's not the sort of thing that lends itself to casual tweet size, pithy analysis very often. There's a strong dive into what is the level of risk a business can accept? And my general belief is that most companies are doing this stuff right. The universal constant in all of my consulting clients that I have spoken to about the in-depth management piece of things is, they've always asked the same question of, “So, this is what we've done, but can you introduce us to the people who are doing it really right, who have absolutely nailed this and gotten it all down?” “It's, yeah, absolutely no one believes that that is them, even the folks who are, from my perspective, pretty close to having achieved it.”But I want to talk a bit more about what you do beyond just the headline-grabbing large dollar figure commitment to a cloud provider story. What does engineering productivity mean at Pinterest? Where do you start? Where do you stop?Micheal: I want to just quickly touch upon that last point about multi-cloud, and like you said, every company works within the context of what they are given and the constraints of their business. It's probably a good time to give a plug to my previous employer, Twitter, who are doing multi-cloud in a reasonably effective way. They are on the data centers, they do have presence on Google Cloud, and AWS, and I know probably things have changed since a couple of years now, but they have embraced that environment pretty effectively to cater to their acquisitions who were on the public cloud, help obviously, with their initial set of investments in the data center, and still continue to scale that out, and explore, in this case, Google Cloud for a variety of other use cases, which sounds like it's been extremely beneficial as well.So, to your point, there is probably no right way to do this. There's always that context, and what you're working with comes into play as part of making these decisions. And it's important to take a lot of these with a grain of salt because you can never understand the decisions, why they were made the way they were made. And for what it's worth, it sort of works out in the end. [laugh]. I've rarely heard a story where it's never worked out, and people are just upset with the deals they've signed. So, hopefully, that helps close that whole conversation about multi-cloud.Corey: I hope so. It's one of those areas where everyone has an opinion and a lot of them do not necessarily apply universally, but it's always fun to take—in that case, great, I'll take the lesser trod path of everyone's saying multi-cloud is great, invariably because they're trying to sell you something. Yeah, I have nothing particularly to sell, folks. My argument has always been, in the absence of a compelling reason not to, pick a provider and go all in. I don't care which provider you pick—which people are sometimes surprised to hear.It's like, “Well, what if they pick a cloud provider that you don't do consulting work for?” Yeah, it turns out, I don't actually need to win every AWS customer over to have a successful working business. Do what makes sense for you, folks. From my perspective, I want this industry to be better. I don't want to sit here and just drum up business for myself and make self-serving comments to empower that. Which apparently is a rare tactic.Micheal: No, that's totally true, Corey. One of the things you do is help people with their bills, so this has come up so many times, and I realize we're sort of going off track a bit from that engineering productivity discussion—Corey: Oh, which is fine. That's this entire show's theme, if it has one.Micheal: [laugh]. So, I want to briefly just talk about the whole billing and how cost management works because I know you spend a lot of time on that and you help a lot of these companies be effective in how they manage their bills. These questions have come up multiple times, even at Pinterest. We actually in the past, when I was leading the infrastructure governance organization, we were working with other companies of our similar size to better understand how they are looking into getting visibility into their cost, setting sort of the right controls and expectations within the engineering organization to plan, and capacity plan, and effectively meet those plans in a certain criteria, and then obviously, if there is any risk to that, actively manage risk. That was like the biggest thing those teams used to do.And we used to talk a lot trade notes, and get a better sense of how a lot of these companies are trying to do—for example, Netflix, or Lyft, or Stripe. I recall Netflix, content was their biggest spender, so cloud spending was like way down in the list of things for them. [laugh]. But regardless, they had an active team looking at this on a day-to-day basis. So, one of the things we learned early on at Pinterest is that start investing in those visibility tools early on.No one can parse the cloud bills. Let's be honest. You're probably the only person who can reverse… [laugh] engineer an architecture diagram from a cloud bill, and I think that's like—definitely you should take a patent for that or something. But in reality, no one has the time to do that. You want to make sure your business leaders, from your finance teams to engineering teams to head of the executives all have a better understanding of how to parse it.So, investing engineering resources, take that data, how do you munch it down to the cost, the utilization across the different vectors of offerings, and have a very insightful discussion. Like, what are certain action items we want to be taking? It's very easy to see, “Oh, we overspent EC2,” and we want to go from there. But in reality, that's not just that thing; you will start finding out that EC2 is being used by your Hadoop infrastructure, which runs hundreds of thousands of jobs. Okay, now who's actually responsible for that cost? You might find that one job which is accruing, sort of, a lot of instance hours over a period of time and a shared multi-tenant environment, how do you attribute that cost to that particular cost center?Corey: And then someone left the company a while back, and that job just kept running in perpetuity. No one's checked the output for four years, I guess it can't be that necessarily important. And digging into it requires context. It turns out, there's no SaaS tool to do this, which is unfortunate for those of us who set out originally to build such a thing. But we discovered pretty early on the context on this stuff is incredibly important.I love the thing you're talking about here, where you're discussing with your peer companies about these things because the advice that I would give to companies with the level of spend that you folks do is worlds apart from what I would advise someone who's building something new and spending maybe 500 bucks a month on their cloud bill. Those folks do not need to hire a dedicated team of people to solve for these problems. At your scale, yeah, you probably should have had some people in [laugh] here looking at this for a while now. And at some point, the guidance changes based upon scale. And if there's one thing that we discover from the horrible pages of Hacker News, it's that people love applying bits of wisdom that they hear in wildly inappropriate situations.How do you think about these things at that scale? Because, a simple example: right now I spend about 1000 bucks a month at The Duckbill Group, on our AWS bill. I know. We have one, too. Imagine that. And if I wind up just committing admin credentials to GitHub, for example, and someone compromises that and start spinning things up to mine all the Bitcoin, yeah, I'm going to notice that by the impact it has on the bill, which will be noticeable from orbit.At the level of spend that you folks are at, at company would be hard-pressed to spin up enough Bitcoin miners to materially move the billing needle on a month-to-month basis, just because of the sheer scope and scale. At small bill volumes, yeah, it's pretty easy to discover the thing that spiking your bill to three times normal. It's usually a managed NAT gateway. At your scale, tripling the bill begins to look suspiciously like the GDP of a small country, so what actually happened here? Invariably, at that scale, with that level of massive multiplier, it's usually the simplest solution, an error somewhere in the AWS billing system. Yes, they exist. Imagine that.Micheal: They do exist, and we've encountered that.Corey: Kind of heartstopping, isn't it?Micheal: [laugh]. I don't know if you remember when we had the big Spectre and the Meltdown, right, and those were interesting scenarios for us because we had identified a lot of those issues early on, given the scale we operate, and we were able to, sort of, obviously it did have an impact on the builds and everything, but that's it; that's why you have these dedicated teams to fix that. But I think one of the points you made, these are large bills and you're never going to have a 3x jump the next day. We're not going to be seeing that. And if that happens, you know, God save us. [laugh].But to your point, one of the things we do still want to be doing is look at trends, literally on a week-over-week basis because even a one percentage move is a pretty significant amount, if you think about it, which could be funding some other aspects of the business, which we would prefer to be investing on. So, we do want to have enough rigor and controls in place in our technical stack to identify and alert when something is off track. And it becomes challenging when you start using those higher-order services from your public cloud provider because there's no clear insights on how do you, kind of, parse that information. One of the biggest challenges we had at Pinterest was tying ownership to all these things.No, using tags is not going to cut it. It was so difficult for us to get to a point where we could put some sense of ownership in all the things and the resources people are using, and then subsequently have the right conversation with our ads infrastructure teams, or our product teams to help drive the cost improvements we want to be seeing. And I wouldn't be surprised if that's not a challenge already, even for the smaller companies who have bills in the tunes of tens and thousands, right?Corey: It is. It's predicting the spend and trying to categorize it appropriately; that's the root of all AWS bill panic on the corporate level. It's not that the bill is 20% higher, so we're going to go broke. Most companies spend far more on payroll than they do on infrastructure—as you mentioned with Netflix, content is a significantly larger [laugh] expense than any of those things; real estate, it's usually right up there too—but instead it's, when you're trying to do business forecasting of, okay, if we're going to have an additional 1000 monthly active users, what will the cost for us be to service those users and, okay, if we're seeing a sudden 20% variance, if that's the new normal, then well, that does change our cost projections for a number of years, what happens? When you're public, there starts to become the question of okay, do we have to restate earnings or what's the deal here?And of course, all this sidesteps past the unfortunate reality that, for many companies, the AWS bill is not a function of how many customers you have; it's how many engineers you hired. And that is always the way it winds up playing out for some reason. “It's why did we see a 10% increase in the bill? Yeah, we hired another data science team. Oops.” It's always seems to be the data science folks; I know I'd beat up on those folks a fair bit, and my apologies. And one day, if they analyze enough of the data, they might figure out why.Micheal: So, this is where I want to give a shout out to our data science team, especially some of the engineers working in the Infrastructure Governance Team putting these charts together, helping us derive insights. So, definitely props to them.I think there's a great segue into the point you made. As you add more engineers, what is the impact on the bottom line? And this is one of the things actually as part of engineering productivity, we think about as well on a long-term basis. Pinterest does have over 1000-plus engineers today, and to large degree, many of them actually have their own EC2 instances today. And I wouldn't say it's a significant amount of cost, but it is a large enough number, were shutting down a c5.9xl can actually fund a bunch of conference tickets or something else.And then you can imagine that sort of the scale you start working with at one point. The nuance here is though, you want to make sure there's enough flexibility for these engineers to do their local development in a sustainable way, but when moving to, say production, we really want to tighten the flexibility a bit so they don't end up doing what you just said, spin up a bunch of machines talking to the API directly which no one will be aware of.I want to share a small anecdote because when back in the day, this was probably four years ago, when we were doing some analysis on our bills, we realized that there was a huge jump every—I believe Wednesday—in our EC2 instances by almost a factor of, like, 500 to 600 instances. And we're like, “Why is this happening? What is going on?” And we found out there was an obscure job written by someone who had left the company, calling an EC2 API to spin up a search cluster of 500 machines on-demand, as part of pulling that ETL data together, and then shutting that cluster down. Which at times didn't work as expected because, you know, obviously, your Hadoop jobs are very predictable, right?So, those are the things we were dealing with back in the day, and you want to make sure—since then—this is where engineering productivity as team starts coming in that our job is to enable every engineer to be doing their best work across code building and deploying the services. And we have done this.Corey: Right. You and I can sit here and have an in-depth conversation about the intricacies of AWS billing in a bunch of different ways because in different ways we both specialize in it, in many respects. But let's say that Pinterest theoretically was foolish enough to hire me before I got into this space as an engineer, for terrifying reasons. And great. I start day one as a typical software developer if such a thing could be said to exist. How do you effectively build guardrails in so that I don't inadvertently wind up spinning up all the EC2 instances available to me within an account, which it turns out are more than one might expect sometimes, but still leave me free to do my job without effectively spending a nine-month safari figuring out how AWS bills work?Micheal: And this is why teams like ours exist, to help provide those tools to help you get started. So today, we actually don't let anyone directly use AWS APIs, or even use the UI for that matter. And I think you'll soon realize, the moment you hit, like, probably 30 or 40 people in your organization, you definitely want to lock it down. You don't want that access to be given to anyone or everyone. And then subsequently start building some higher-order tools or abstraction so people can start using that to control effectively.In this case, if you're a new engineer, Corey, which it seems like you were, at some point—Corey: I still write code like I am, don't worry.Micheal: [laugh]. So yes, you would get access to our internal tool to actually help spin up what we call is a dev app, where you get a chance to, obviously, choose the instance size, not the instance type itself, and we have actually constrained the instance types we have approved within Pinterest as well. We don't give you the entire list you get a chance to choose and deploy to. We actually have constraint to based on the workload types, what are the instance types we want to support because in the future, if we ever want to move from c3 to c5—and I've been there, trust me—it is not an easy thing to do, so you want to make sure that you're not letting people just use random instances, and constrain that by building some of these tools. As a new engineer, you would go in, you'd use the tool, and actually have a dev app provisioned for you with our Pinterest image to get you started.And then subsequently, we'll obviously shut it down if we see you not being using it over a certain amount of time, but those are sort of the guardrails we've put in over there so you never get a chance to directly ever use the EC2 APIs, or any of those AWS APIs to do certain things. The similar thing applies for S3 or any of the higher-order tools which AWS will provide, too.Corey: This episode is sponsored by our friends at Oracle Cloud. 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Visit https://snark.cloud/oci-free that's https://snark.cloud/oci-free.Corey: How does that interplay with AWS launches yet another way to run containers, for example, and that becomes a valuable potential avenue to get some business value for a developer, but the platform you built doesn't necessarily embrace that capability? Or they release a feature to an existing tool that you use that could potentially be a just feature capability story, much more so than a cost savings one. How do you keep track of all of that and empower people to use those things so they're not effectively trying to reimplement DynamoDB on top of EC2?Micheal: That's been a challenge, actually, in the past for us because we've always been very flexible where engineers have had an opportunity to write their own solutions many a times rather than leveraging the AWS services, and of late, that's one of the reasons why we have an infrastructure organization—an extremely lean organization for what it's worth—but then still able to achieve outsized outputs. Where we evaluate a lot of these use cases, as they come in and open up different aspects of what we want to provide say directly from AWS, or build certain abstractions on top of it. Every time we talk about containers, obviously, we always associate that with something like Kubernetes and offerings from there on; we realized that our engineers directly never ask for those capabilities. They don't come in and say, “I need a new container orchestration system. Give that to me, and I'm going to be extremely productive.”What people actually realize is that if you can provide them effective tools and that can help them get their job done, they would be happy with it. For example, like I said, our deployment system, which is actually an open-source system called Teletraan. That is the bread and butter at Pinterest at which my team runs. We operate 100,000-plus machines. We have actually looked into container orchestration where we do have a dedicated Kubernetes team looking at it and helping certain use cases moved there, but we realized that the cost of entire migrations need to be evaluated against certain use cases which can benefit from being on Kubernetes from day one. You don't want to force anyone to move there, but give them the right incentives to move there. Case in point, let's upgrade your OS. Because if you're managing machines, obviously everyone loves to upgrade their OSes.Corey: Well, it's one of the things I love savings plans versus RIs; you talk about the c3 to c5 migration and everyone has a story about one of those, but the most foolish or frustrating reason that I ever saw not to do the upgrade was what we bought a bunch of Reserved Instances on the C3s and those have a year-and-a-half left to run. And it's foolish not on the part of customers—it's economically sound—but on the part of AWS where great, you're now forcing me to take a contractual commitment to something that serves me less effectively, rather than getting out of the way and letting me do my job. That's why it's so important to me at least, that savings plans cover Fargate and Lambda, I wish they covered SageMaker instead of SageMaker having its own thing because once again, you're now architecturally constrained based upon some ridiculous economic model that they have imposed on us. But that's a separate rant for another time.Micheal: No, we actually went through that process because we do have a healthy balance of how we do Reserved Instances and how we look at on-demand. We've never been big users have spot in the past because just the spot market itself, we realized that putting that pressure on our customers to figure out how to manage that is way more. When I say customers, in this case, engineers within the organization.Corey: Oh, yes. “I want to post some pictures on Pinterest, so now I have to understand the spot market. What?” Yeah.Micheal: [laugh]. So, in this case, when we even we're moving from C3 to C5—and this is where the partnership really plays out effectively, right, because it's also in the best interest of AWS to deprecate their aging hardware to support some of these new ones where they could also be making good enough premium margins for what it's worth and give the benefit back to the user. So, in this case, we were able to work out an extremely flexible way of moving to a C5 as soon as possible, get help from them, actually, in helping us do that, too, allocating capacity and working with them on capacity management. I believe at one point, we were actually one of the largest companies with a C3 footprint and it took quite a while for us to move to C5. But rest assured, once we moved, the savings was just immense. We were able to offset any of those RI and we were able to work behind the scenes to get that out. But obviously, not a lot of that is considered in a small-scale company just because of, like you said, those constraints which have been placed in a contractual obligation.Corey: Well, this is an area in which I will give the same guidance to companies of your scale as well as small-scale companies. And by small-scale, I mean, people on the free tier account, give or take, so I do mean the smallest of the small. Whenever you wind up in a scenario where you find yourself architecturally constrained by an economic barrier like this, reach out to your account manager. I promise you have one. Every account, even the tiny free tier accounts, have an account manager.I have an account manager, who I have to say has probably one of the most surreal jobs that AWS, just based upon the conversations I throw past him. But it's reaching out to your provider rather than trying to solve a lot of this stuff yourself by constraining how you're building things internally is always the right first move because the worst case is you don't get anywhere in those conversations. Okay, but at least you explored that, as opposed to what often happens is, “Oh, yeah. I have a switch over here I can flip and solve your entire problem. Does that help anything?”Micheal: Yeah.Corey: You feel foolish finding that out only after nine months of dedicated work, it turns out.Micheal: Which makes me wonder, Corey. I mean, do you see a lot of that happening where folks don't tend to reach out to their account managers, or rather treat them as partners in this case, right? Because it sounds like there is this unhealthy tension, I would say, as to what is the best help you could be getting from your account managers in this case.Corey: Constantly. And the challenge comes from a few things, in my experience. The first is that the quality of account managers and the technical account managers—the folks who are embedded many cases with your engineering teams in different ways—does vary. AWS is scaling wildly and bursting at the seams, and people are hard to scale.So, some are fantastic, some are decidedly less so, and most folks fall somewhere in the middle of that bell curve. And it doesn't take too many poor experiences for the default to be, “Oh, those people are useless. They never do anything we want, so why bother asking them?” And that leads to an unhealthy dynamic where a lot of companies will wind up treating their AWS account manager types as a ticket triage system, or the last resort of places that they'll turn when they should be involved in earlier conversations.I mean, take Pinterest as an example of this. I'm not sure how many technical account managers you have assigned to your account, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the ratio of technical account managers to engineers working on the environment is incredibly lopsided. It's got to be a high ratio just because of the nature of how these things work. So, there are a lot of people who are actively working on things that would almost certainly benefit from a more holistic conversation with your AWS account team, but it doesn't occur to them to do it just because of either perceived biases around levels of competence, or poor experiences in the past, or simply not knowing the capabilities that are there. If I could tell one story around the AWS account management story, it would be talk to folks sooner about these things.And to be clear, Pinterest has this less than other folks, but AWS does themselves no favors by having a product strategy of, “Yes,” because very often in service of those conversations with a number of companies, there is the very real concern of are they doing research so that they can launch a service that competes with us? Amazon as a whole launching a social network is admittedly one of the most hilarious ideas I [laugh] can come up with and I hope they take a whack at it just to watch them learn all these lessons themselves, but that is again, neither here nor there.Micheal: That story is very interesting, and I think you mentioned one thing; it's just that lack of trust, or even knowing what the account managers can actually do for you. There seems to be just a lack of education on that. And we also found it the hard way, right? I wouldn't say that Pinterest figured this out on day one. We evolved sort of a relationship over time. Yes, our time… engagements are, sort of, lopsided, but we were able to negotiate that as part of deals as we learned a bit more on what we can and we cannot do, and how these individuals are beneficial for Pinterest as well. And—Corey: Well, here's a question for you, without naming names—and this might illustrate part of the challenge customers have—how long has your account manager—not the technical account managers, but your account manager—been assigned to your account?Micheal: I've been at Pinterest for five years and I've been working with the same person. And he's amazing.Corey: Which is incredibly atypical. At a lot of smaller companies, it feels like, “Oh, I'm your account manager being introduced to you.” And, “Are you the third one this year? Great.” What happens is that if the account manager excels, very often they get promoted and work with a smaller number of accounts at larger spend, and whereas if they don't find that AWS is a great place for them for a variety of reasons, they go somewhere else and need to be backfilled.So, at the smaller account, it's, “Great. I've had more account managers in a year than you've had in five.” And that is often the experience when you start seeing significant levels of rotation, especially on the customer engineering side where you wind up with you have this big kickoff, and everyone's aware of all the capabilities and you look at it three years later, and not a single person who was in that kickoff is still involved with the account on either side, and it's just sort of been evolving evolutionarily from there. One thing that we've done in some of our larger accounts as part of our negotiation process is when we see that the bridges have been so thoroughly burned, we will effectively request a full account team cycle, just because it's time to get new faces in where the customer, in many cases unreasonably, is not going to say, “Yeah but a year-and-a-half ago you did this terrible thing and we're still salty about it.” Fine, whatever. I get it. People relationships are hard. Let's go ahead and swap some folks out so that there are new faces with new perspectives because that helps.Micheal: Well, first off, if you had so many switches in account manager, I think that's something speaks about [laugh] how you've been working, too. I'm just kidding. There are a bu—Corey: Entirely possible. In seriousness, yes. But if you talk to—like, this is not just me because in my case, yeah, I feel like my account manager is whoever drew the short straw that week because frankly, yeah, that does seem like a great punishment to wind up passing out to someone who is underperforming. But for a lot of folks who are in the mid-tier, like, spending $50 to $100,000 a month, this is a very common story.Micheal: Yeah. Actually, we've heard a bit about this, too. And like you said, I think maintaining context is the most thing. You really want your account manager to vouch for you, really be your champion in those meetings because AWS, like you said is so large, getting those exec time, and reviews, and there's so many things that happen, your account manager is the champion for you, or right there. And it's important and in fact in your best interest to have a great relationship with them as well, not treat them as, oh yet another vendor.And I think that's where things start to get a bit messy because when you start treating them as yet another vendor, there is no incentive for them to do the best for you, too. You know, people relationships are hard. But that said though, I think given the amount of customers like these cloud companies are accruing, I wouldn't be surprised; every account manager seems to be extremely burdened. Even in our case, although I've been having a chance to work with this one person for a long time, we've actually expanded. We have now multiple account managers helping us out as we've started scaling to use certain aspects of AWS which we've never explored before.We were a bit constrained and reserved about what service we want to use because there have been instances where we have tried using something and we have hit the wall pretty immediately. API rate limits, or it's not ready for primetime, and we're like, “Oh, my God. Now, what do we do?” So, we have a bit more cautious. But that said, over time, having an account manager who understands how you work, what scale you have, they're able to advocate with the internal engineering teams within the cloud provider to make the best of supporting you as a customer and tell that success story all the way out.So yeah, I can totally understand how this may be hard, especially for those small companies. For what it's worth, I think the best way to really think about it is not treat them as your vendor, but really go out on a limb there. Even though you signed a deal with them, you want to make sure that you have the continuing relationship with them to have—represent your voice better within the company. Which is probably hard. [laugh].Corey: That's always the hard part. Honestly, if this were the sort of thing that were easy to automate, or you could wind up building out something that winds up helping companies figure out how to solve these things programmatically, talk about interesting business problems that are only going to get larger in the fullness of time. This is not going away, even if AWS stopped signing up new customers entirely right now, they would still have years of growth ahead of them just from organic growth. And take a company with the scale of Pinterest and just think of how many years it would take to do a full-on exodus, even if it became priority number one. It's not realistic in many cases, which is why I've never been a big fan of multi-cloud as an approach for negotiation. Yeah, AWS has more data on those points than any of us do; they're not worried about it. It just makes you sound like an unsophisticated negotiator. Pick your poison and lean in.Micheal: That is the truth you just mentioned, and I probably want to give a call out to our head of infrastructure, [Coburn 00:42:13]. He's also my boss, and he had brought this perspective as well. As part of any negotiation discussions, like you just said, AWS has way more data points on this than what we think we can do in terms of talking about, “Oh, we are exploring this other cloud provider.” And it's—they would be like, “Yeah. Do tell me more [laugh] how that's going.”And it's probably in the best interest to never use that as a negotiation tactic because they clearly know the investments that's going to build on what you've done, so you might as well be talking more—again, this is where that relationship really plays together because you want both of them to be successful. And it's in their best interest to still keep you happy because the good thing about at least companies of our size is that we're probably, like, one phone call away from some of their executive team, where we could always talk about what didn't work for us. And I know not everyone has that opportunity, but I'm really hoping and I know at least with some of the interactions we've had with the AWS teams, they're actively working and building that relationship more and more, giving access to those customer advisory boards, and all of them to have those direct calls with the executives. I don't know whether you've seen that in your experience in helping some of these companies?Corey: Have a different approach to it. It turns out when you're super loud and public and noisy about AWS and spend too much time in Seattle, you start to spend time with those people on a social basis. Because, again, I'm obnoxious and annoying to a lot of AWS folks, but I'm also having an obnoxious habit of being right in most of the things I'm pointing out. And that becomes harder and harder to ignore. I mean, part of the value that I found in being able to do this as a consultant is that I begin to compare and contrast different customer environments on a consistent ongoing basis.I mean, the reason that negotiation works well from my perspective is that AWS does a bunch of these every week, and customers do these every few years with AWS. And well, we do an awful lot of them, too, and it's okay, we've seen different ways things can get structured and it doesn't take too long and too many engagements before you start to see the points of commonality in how these things flow together. So, when we wind up seeing things that a customer is planning on architecturally and looking to do in the future, and, “Well, wait a minute. Have you talked to the folks negotiating the contract about this? Because that does potentially have bearing and it provides better data than what AWS is gathering just through looking at overall spend trends. So yeah, bring that up. That is absolutely going to impact the type of offer you get.”It just comes down to understanding the motivators that drive folks and it comes down to, I think understanding the incentives. I will say that across the board, I have never yet seen a deal from AWS come through where it was, “Okay, at this point you're just trying to hoodwink the customer and get them to sign on something that doesn't help them.” I've seen mistakes that can definitely lead to that impression, and I've seen areas where they're doing data is incomplete and they're making assumptions that are not borne out in reality. But it's not one of those bad faith type—Micheal: Yeah.Corey: —of negotiations. If it were, I would be framing a lot of this very differently. It sounds weird to say, “Yeah, your vendor is not trying to screw you over in this sense,” because look at the entire IT industry. How often has that been true about almost any other vendor in the fullness of time? This is something a bit different, and I still think we're trying to grapple with the repercussions of that, from a negotiation standpoint and from a long-term business continuity standpoint, when your faith is linked—in a shared fate context—with your vendor.Micheal: It's in their best interest as well because they're trying to build a diversified portfolio. Like, if they help 100 companies, even if one of them becomes the next Pinterest, that's great, right? And that continued relationship is what they're aiming for. So, assuming any bad faith over there probably is not going to be the best outcome, like you said. And two, it's not a zero-sum game.I always get a sense that when you're doing these negotiations, it's an all-or-nothing deal. It's not. You have to think they're also running a business and it's important that you as your business, how okay are you with some of those premiums? You cannot get a discount on everything, you cannot get the deal or the numbers you probably want almost everything. And to your point, architecturally, if you're moving in a certain direction where you think in the next three years, this is what your usage is going to be or it will come down to that, obviously, you should be investing more and negotiating that out front rather than managed NAT [laugh] gateways, I guess. So, I think that's also an important mindset to take in as part of any of these negotiations. Which I'm assuming—I don't know how you folks have been working in the past, but at least that's one of the key items we have taken in as part of any of these discussions.Corey: I would agree wholeheartedly. I think that it just comes down to understanding where you're going, what's important, and again in some cases knowing around what things AWS will never bend contractually. I've seen companies spend six weeks or more trying to get to negotiate custom SLAs around services. Let me save everyone a bunch of time and money; they will not grant them to you.Micheal: Yeah.Corey: I promise. So, stop asking for them; you're not going to get them. There are other things they will negotiate on that they're going to be highly case-dependent. I'm hesitant to mention any of them just because, “Well, wait a minute, we did that once. Why are you talking about that in public?” I don't want to hear it and confidentiality matters. But yeah, not everything is negotiable, but most things are, so figuring out what levers and knobs and dials you have is important.Micheal: We also found it that way. AWS does cater to their—they are a platform and they are pretty clear in how much engagement—even if we are one of their top customers, there's been many times where I know their product managers have heavily pushed back on some of the requests we have put in. And that makes me wonder, they probably have the same engagement even with the smallest of customers, there's always an implicit assumption that the big fish is trying to get the most out of your public cloud providers. To your point, I don't think that's true. We're rarely able to negotiate anything exclusive in terms of their product offerings just for us, if that makes sense.Case in point, tell us your capacity [laugh] for x instances or type of instances, so we as a company would know how to plan out our scale-ups or scale-downs. That's not going to happen exclusively for you. But those kind of things are just, like, examples we have had a chance to work with their product managers and see if, can we get some flexibility on that? For what it's worth, though, they are willing to find a middle ground with you to make sure that you get your answers and, obviously, you're being successful in your plans to use certain technologies they offer or [unintelligible 00:48:31] how you use their services.Corey: So, I know we've gone significantly over time and we are definitely going to do another episode talking about a lot of the other things that you're involved in because I'm going to assume that your full-time job is not worrying about the AWS bill. In fact, you do a fair number of things beyond that; I just get stuck on that one, given that it is but I eat, sleep, breathe, and dream about.Micheal: Absolutely. I would love to talk more, especially about how we're enabling our engineers to be extremely productive in this new world, and how we want to cater to this whole cloud-native environment which is being created, and make sure people are doing their best work. But regardless, Corey, I mean, this has been an amazing, insightful chat, even for me. And I really appreciate you having me on the show.Corey: No, thank you for joining me. If people want to learn more about what you're up to, and how you think about things, where can they find you? Because I'm also going to go out on a limb and assume you're also probably hiring, given that everyone seems to be these days.Micheal: Well, that is true. And I wasn't planning to make a hiring pitch but I'm glad that you leaned into that one. Yes, we are hiring and you can find me on Twitter at twitter dot com slash M-I-C-H-E-A-L. I am spelled a bit differently, so make sure you can hit me up, and my DMs are open. And obviously, we have all our open roles listed on pinterestcareers.com as well.Corey: And we will, of course, put links to that in the [show notes 00:49:45]. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. I really appreciate it.Micheal: Thank you, Corey. It was really been great on your show.Corey: And I'm sure we'll do it again in the near future. Micheal Benedict, Head of Engineering Productivity at Pinterest. I am Cloud Economist Corey Quinn and this is Screaming in the Cloud. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice, whereas if you've hated this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice along with a long rambling comment about exactly how many data centers Pinterest could build instead.Corey: If your AWS bill keeps rising and your blood pressure is doing the same, then you need The Duckbill Group. We help companies fix their AWS bill by making it smaller and less horrifying. The Duckbill Group works for you, not AWS. We tailor recommendations to your business and we get to the point. Visit duckbillgroup.com to get started.Announcer: This has been a HumblePod production. Stay humble.

The LanternCast: A Green Lantern Podcast
LanternCast Presents - Green Lantern - Pre-Birth #17 - The Spectre #18!

The LanternCast: A Green Lantern Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 56:32


Where in the Universe is Abin Sur? And what is his surprising fate? Find out with Mark and Jim, along with NYCC and Lego news! Please visit our site at http://www.lanterncast.com

Last Born In The Wilderness
#308 | Intersectional Class Struggle: To Walk & Chew Gum At The Same Time w/ Michael Beyea Reagan

Last Born In The Wilderness

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 72:00


[Intro: 12:12] Michael Beyea Reagan, historian and activist, joins me to discuss his book ‘Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice,' an "innovative study [that] explores the relevance of class as a theoretical category in our world today, arguing that leading traditions of class analysis have missed major elements of what class is and how it operates." In our time of increasing wealth disparity and widespread socioeconomic precarity for the working class (dubbed the "Second Gilded Age"), how can intersectionality, as a theoretical framework and practice, help us more deeply understand and appreciate the liberatory struggles of racial, economic, and feminist movements? Reagan, through his excellent historical documentation in ‘Intersectional Class Struggle,' has provided a more nuanced, and richer, view of class consciousness that does not fit into crude boxes.  "Using a historical lens, it studies the experiences of working class peoples, from migrant farm workers in California's central valley, to the “factory girls” of New England, and black workers in the South to explore the variety of working-class experiences. It investigates how the concepts of racial capitalism and black feminist thought, when applied to class studies and popular movements, allow us to walk and chew gum at the same time—to recognize that our movements can be diverse and particularistic as well as have elements of the universal experience shared by all workers. Ultimately, it argues that class is made up of all of us, it is of ourselves, in all our contradiction and complexity." Michael B. Reagan is a historian and lecturer at the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars and adjunct faculty at Seattle College. His writing has appeared in Spectre, Truthout, Counterpunch, Perspectives, Found SF, and the South Seattle Emerald. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Michael's work at his website: https://mbreagan.com - Purchase a copy of ‘Intersectional Class Struggle' from AK Press or Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3BPKPPG / https://bit.ly/3EO3jC7 - Read ‘Intersectional class struggle: from shared oppression to unified resistance' at ROAR Magazine: https://bit.ly/3k9iU7F - Song featured is “thedge.” by Knxwledge from the album VGM.13: https://knxwledge.bandcamp.com/album/vgm-13 WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

Last Born In The Wilderness
Michael Beyea Reagan: Intersectionality — Learning To Walk & Chew Gum At The Same Time

Last Born In The Wilderness

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 8:43


This is a segment of episode 308 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Intersectional Class Struggle: To Walk & Chew Gum At The Same Time w/ Michael Beyea Reagan.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/michael-reagan Purchase a copy of ‘Intersectional Class Struggle' from AK Press or Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3BPKPPG / https://bit.ly/3EO3jC7 Michael Beyea Reagan, historian and activist, joins me to discuss his book ‘Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice,' an "innovative study [that] explores the relevance of class as a theoretical category in our world today, arguing that leading traditions of class analysis have missed major elements of what class is and how it operates." In our time of increasing wealth disparity and widespread socioeconomic precarity for the working class (dubbed the "Second Gilded Age"), how can intersectionality, as a theoretical framework and practice, help us more deeply understand and appreciate the liberatory struggles of racial, economic, and feminist movements? Reagan, through his excellent historical documentation in ‘Intersectional Class Struggle,' has provided a more nuanced, and richer, view of class consciousness that does not fit into crude boxes.  "Using a historical lens, it studies the experiences of working class peoples, from migrant farm workers in California's central valley, to the “factory girls” of New England, and black workers in the South to explore the variety of working-class experiences. It investigates how the concepts of racial capitalism and black feminist thought, when applied to class studies and popular movements, allow us to walk and chew gum at the same time—to recognize that our movements can be diverse and particularistic as well as have elements of the universal experience shared by all workers. Ultimately, it argues that class is made up of all of us, it is of ourselves, in all our contradiction and complexity." Michael B. Reagan is a historian and lecturer at the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars and adjunct faculty at Seattle College. His writing has appeared in Spectre, Truthout, Counterpunch, Perspectives, Found SF, and the South Seattle Emerald. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

Death Panel
Kathryn Paige Harden and the Spectre of Eugenics (Unlocked)

Death Panel

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 83:35


We review Kathryn Paige Harden's new book "The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality." Does this pop psychologist succeed in creating a framework for "anti-eugenics," or are these old just ideas in a new skin? This episode was originally a patron exclusive. If you enjoy this episode consider supporting the show at patreon.com/deathpanelpod new Death Panel merch here (patrons get a discount code): www.deathpanel.net/merch join our Discord here: discord.com/invite/3KjKbB2

The Weekly Planet
Spectre - Caravan Of Garbage

The Weekly Planet

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 29:51


Spectre was intended as the swan song (like Madeline Swan :D) for the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. Acting as a way to tie together Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall it also manages to reintroduce the criminal organization of Spectre along with classic villain Blofeld. Unfortunately it doesn't all come together despite great action sequences, the biggest explosion in cinema history and that bit with the torture and the drills or whatever. Thanks for listening to our Caravan Of Garbage review!SUBSCRIBE HERE ►► http://goo.gl/pQ39jNVideo Edition ► https://youtu.be/5dwN32iXAJgHelp support the show and get early episodes ► https://bigsandwich.co/Patreon ► https://patreon.com/mrsundaymoviesJames' Twitter ► http://twitter.com/mrsundaymoviesMaso's Twitter ► http://twitter.com/wikipediabrownPatreon ► https://patreon.com/mrsundaymoviesT-Shirts/Merch ► https://www.teepublic.com/stores/mr-sunday-movies The Weekly Planet iTunes ► https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-weekly-planet/id718158767?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 The Weekly Planet Direct Download ► https://play.acast.com/s/theweeklyplanetAmazon Affiliate Link ► https://amzn.to/2nc12P4 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.