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Epic Descriptions of the Apocalypse

Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia we’ll talk with Marc Miller about his novel, Agent of the Imperium, that he self-published through Kickstarter. Agent of the Imperium is set in the Traveller universe, which is a science fiction role playing game that has been popular for nearly 40 years. We’ll also chat with Jason Evangelho about the sudden explosion of virtual reality, which held so much promise in the late 90s but only recently has technology caught up with virtual reality’s potential. We’ll also review Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . In our fourth and last segment we’ll review some exciting new alchemical albums, all of which can be found on Bandcamp.

Show Notes & Links

  • Traveller
    Traveller is a series of related science fiction role-playing games, the first published in 1977 by Game Designers’ Workshop. Various companies published subsequent editions, and the game remains in print.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&&D or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR). The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast (now a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 1997. It was derived from miniature wargames with a variation of the Chainmail game serving as the initial rule system. D&D’s publication is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry.
  • Star Wars
    Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.
  • Kickstarter
    Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more.
  • Agent of the Imperium
    Jonathan Bland is a Decider, empowered by the Emperor himself to deal with the inevitable crises of empire. In the service of the Empire, he has killed more people than anyone in the history of Humanity, to save a hundred times as many. He died centuries ago, but they re-activate his recorded personality whenever a new threat appears. When the crisis is over, they expect he will meekly return to oblivion. He has other ideas.
  • Larry Niven
    Laurence van Cott Niven (born April 30, 1938) — known as Larry Niven — is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him the 2015 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. It also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes the series The Magic Goes Away, rational fantasy dealing with magic as a non-renewable resource.
  • Aslan
    The Aslan are a Major Race, of four-limbed, upright, bipedal, carnivore/pouncer, humanoid, and felidoid stock.
  • Kziniti
    The Kzinti (singular Kzin) are a fictional, very warlike and bloodthirsty race of cat-like aliens in Larry Niven’s Known Space series.
  • Vargr
    An caninoid, intelligent Major Race, with a humanoid body plan, derived from Ancient genetic manipulation of Terran carnivore/chaser stock, apparently dating from approximately the same time that Humaniti was scattered to the stars.
  • Firefly
    Firefly is an American space western drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things”.
  • Ian M. Banks
    Iain Banks (16 February 1954 – 9 June 2013) was a Scottish author. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies.
  • Google Wave
    Apache Wave is a software framework for real-time collaborative editing online. Google originally developed it as Google Wave. It was announced at the Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009.
  • Vilani
    Human Major Race (Homo sapiens vlandensis) that developed on Vland (Vland 1717) from human stock placed there by the Ancients.
  • Zhodani
    Human Major Race (Homo sapiens zhdotlas) inhabiting the Zhodani Consulate, a region far spinward of the Imperium
  • Psionics
    The use of mental powers to manipulate matter and energy, to sense, and to communicate.
  • Known Space
    The region of space inhabited by humans and thousands of other races, both major and minor.
  • Traveller Map
    The Traveller Map is a interactive map of the universe of the Traveller role playing game, incorporating official data and fan submissions.
  • Traveller Map
    The Traveller Map is a interactive map of the universe of the Traveller role playing game, incorporating official data and fan submissions.
  • Virtual Reality
    Virtual reality or virtual realities (VR), also known as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell.
  • Virtual Reality
    Virtual reality or virtual realities (VR), also known as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell.
  • EVE: Valkyrie
    EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer dogfighting shooter game set in the Eve Online universe that is designed to use virtual reality headset technology. Eve: Valkyrie is set to be released on Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4 video game console. It is a launch title for Facebook’s Oculus Rift and will launch with Sony’s PlayStation VR. During development, it was called EVE-VR. CCP Games announced on December 9, 2015 that the game would come bundled with every pre-order of the Oculus Rift, which launched on March 28, 2016.
  • Google Cardboard
    Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, the platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR applications. Users can either build their own viewer from simple, low-cost components using specifications published by Google, or purchase a pre-manufactured one. The viewer is used by placing a smartphone into the back of it and viewing through the lenses in the front.
  • Oculus Rift
    The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, released on 28 March 2016, making it the first to kickstart consumer-targeted virtual reality headsets.
  • HTC Vive
    HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation, released on 5 April 2016. This headset is designed to utilize “room scale” technology to turn a room into 3D space via sensors, with the virtual world allowing the user to navigate naturally, with the ability to walk around and use motion tracked handheld controllers to vividly manipulate objects, interact with precision, communicate and experience immersive environments.
  • PlayStation VR
    PlayStation VR, known by the codename Project Morpheus during development, is a virtual reality gaming head-mounted display developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and manufactured by Sony, scheduled to launch in October 2016.
  • Samsung Gear VR
    The Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality headset developed by Samsung Electronics, in collaboration with Oculus, and manufactured by Samsung. The headset was released on 27 November 2015.
  • EVE Online
    Eve Online (stylised EVE Online) is a persistent world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by CCP Games. Players of Eve Online can participate in a number of in-game professions and activities, including mining, piracy, manufacturing, trading, exploration, and combat (both player versus environment and player versus player). The character advancement system is based upon passively training skills in real time, even while not logged into the game.
  • Gunjack: EVE
    Gunjack is an action-packed arcade shooter built from the ground up for virtual reality. Immerse yourself in a visually stunning sci-fi world of danger and destruction, available for the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive headsets.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and features an ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature both Batman and Superman, as well as the first theatrical film to feature live-action portrayals of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash. In the film, eccentric criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, obsessed with defeating Superman, manipulates Batman into preemptively battling him, before they unite with Wonder Woman to fight another threat.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and features an ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature both Batman and Superman, as well as the first theatrical film to feature live-action portrayals of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash. In the film, eccentric criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, obsessed with defeating Superman, manipulates Batman into preemptively battling him, before they unite with Wonder Woman to fight another threat.
  • Digital Gnosis “Consolamentum”
  • Shea Bilé “Ashes Out of Balance”
  • SØLVE “the negative (perspective 4)

 

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A Little Compression

Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia we’ll talk with producer, engineer and mixer, Mark Pistel about protest music. Is it relevant? Does it change anything? Mark was a founding member of the band Consolidated, who had radical activist leanings. We’ll also talk with Eric Drass, who is an artist who paints, creates digital installation, and generative experiments that live on the net. In particular, we’re going to talk about his latest foray, The Glitch News Network, a bot that scrapes various online news sources for images of the latest stories and glitches and mashes them into a 2 second video. In our third and last segment we’ll discuss Storium, an online storytelling game. Storium is based around creative writing. As you play, the game helps you figure out what to write next and how to keep your story interesting. We’ll be joined by Storium’s CEO and co-founder, Stephen Hood.

Show Notes & Links

  • Protest music
  • Consolidated’s Friendly Fa$cism LP
    Friendly Fa$cism is the second full-length album by industrial/hip hop artists Consolidated which was released in 1991. The name comes from the title of a 1980 book by political scientist Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America, which laid out the form of “creeping fascism” that Gross feared might come to pass in the United States.
  • Michael Franti
    Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter.
  • Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
    The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was an American industrial hip-hop band, active during the early 1990s.
  • The Beatnigs
    The Beatnigs was a San Francisco band, which combined hard-core punk, industrial and hip hop influences, described as “a kind of avant-garde industrial jazz poets collective”.
  • Spearhead
    In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio musicians, including mainstay Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
  • Donald Trump
    Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, politician, television personality, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
  • Vegetarianism
  • Holly Herndon
    Holly Herndon is an American composer, musician, and sound artist based in San Francisco, California.
  • Honey Soundsystem
    San Francisco’s coveted queer dj collective and production group.
  • Dark Entries
    Dark Entries takes great care in preserving sound quality and respecting the aesthetics of its artists.
  • Bézier
    Robert started DJing in 2003 and joined SF’s DJ collective Honey Soundsystem in 2007. He produces music under the moniker Bézier.
  • Rykarda Parasol
    Rykarda Parasol is a composer, lyricist, vocalist, musician, and performer.
  • Blipvert
    A blipvert is a very brief television advertisement, that lasts just one or several seconds.
  • tl;drbot
    This bot takes works of literature and algorithmically summarizes them, a chapter at a time, to 1% of their original length.
  • bffbot
    If you follow her, she’ll follow you back and send you a cheery greeting. She’ll favourite your tweets (she especially likes your ‘plain text’ tweets, rather than recycled links or retweets). Every now and then she’ll reply.
  • Machinima news
  • trippingbot
    MARTA (Meta. Aphoric. Recurrent. Tripping. Algopoet) starts taking drugs at 6pm each day, and then reports on its mental state intermittently over the next 6 hours. As the evening progresses, the bot takes more drugs and becomes more intoxicated, which is reflected in the (in)choherence of the reports it delivers. This reaches a peak at midnight, when the reports cease until it begins again at 6pm the next day.
  • Conspiracybot
  • Robin Rimbaud A.K.A. Scanner
    Robin Rimbaud is an electronic musician who works under the name Scanner due to his use of cell phone and police scanners in live performance.
  • Private Sector
    Multimedia band that Eric Drass is involved in.
  • Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
    Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is a Colombian-British artist based in London known for playfully and critically exploring socio-cultural entanglements with technology, through 3D printed sculpture, autonomous bots, software, and his ongoing research blog Algopop.
  • sekuMoi Mecy
    Ongoing exploration of derivatives of a 3D scan of Mickey Mouse, titled sekuMoi Mecy (a simple computer generated anagram). Each derivative demonstrates the progression of scanning and remixing processes Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is developing. The choice of character also raises issues of potential clashes with big copyright holders that could potentially choose to lobby for legislation against 3D scanning.
  • Julian Oliver’s cell phone jamming battle tank
    With the flick of a switch No Network implements a blanket ban of mobile telephony in its presence. All access to the cellular (mobile) network within a 6-15m diameter aura around the object is jammed, including calls, SMS and data connectivity.
  • Culture jamming
    Culture jamming (sometimes guerrilla communication) is a tactic used by many anti-consumerist social movements to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. It attempts to “expose the methods of domination” of a mass society to foster progressive change.
  • Democracy Now!
    Democracy Now! is a daily progressive, nonprofit, independently syndicated news hour that airs on more than 1,250 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks around the globe.
  • Storium
    Storium is the online storytelling game.
  • Role-playing game (RPG)
    A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
  • J.C. Hutchins
    J.C. Hutchins is the pseudonym for American podcast novelist and journalist Chris Hutchins. Hutchins is best known for his 7th Son series.
  • Beowulf: Beyond the Black
    Storium game that takes place in the Traveller RPG universe.
  • Play-by-post role-playing game
    A play-by-post role-playing game game (or sim) is an online text-based role-playing game in which players interact with each other and a predefined environment via text.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR).
  • Champions
    Champions is a role-playing game published by Hero Games designed to simulate and function in a four-color superhero comic book world.

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Joseph Aleo
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Brent Morris
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