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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)

 

Hosts

Joseph Aleo
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Brent Morris
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Mikel OD
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_TLR_
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It’s All in How You Play the Algorithms

On today’s show we chat with TLR and Jack Squires about L.A. Zinefest’s PlayDate 2016 and their indie video game, Tonight You Die. Steve Howard interviews Mike Andersen and we hear a song from Mike’s performance on Asheville FM’s The Lost Cause. Emil Brown explains yo-yo culture. Alan Ranta prasies Prince Rama’s new album, XTREME NOW. Ryk McIntye reads us a poem about his experience with OKCupid. Brent plays us a Vaporwave mix.

  • L.A. Zine Fest’s PlayDate 2016
  • Zines
  • Tonight You Die video game
  • Your Network is Your Net Worth video game
  • Mike Andersen live on The Lost Cause on Asheville FM
  • Mike Andersen “Every Day”
  • Daniel Johnston
  • Yo-yo culture
  • National Yo-Yo Museum
  • Redondo Beach Pier Yo-Yo Contest
  • Prince Rama’s new album, XTREME NOW
  • Glam rock
  • Now Age Manifesto
  • Prince Rama “Your Life in the End”
  • OkCupid
  • Tinder
  • PennySaver
  • Ryk McIntye’s “OkCupid is To Dating, as Salmon is To…”
    •  
    • I posted a new profile on OkCupid recently,
      figuring it’s like playing cash lottery, but
      more “It’s just so crazy it might work!”
      as opposed to odds of lightning strikes.
      “It’s all in how you play the algorithms”,
    •  
    • friends offer, the same way Math teachers
      explain things to people who have allowed
      themselves to be born as Poetry students:
      ar-tic-u-late-ing “al-go-rih-thim” as if
      it might better take root, the knowledge
    •  
    • sinking deeper into my hopeful imagination.
      I expected personal questions, and receive
      questions better suited to astronomers-
      “Which is bigger- the Sun or the Earth?”
      it asks, then asks me what is acceptable
    •  
    • for a possible match to answer, and to rate
      that importance, using the three-finger metric:
      “A Little”,“Somewhat” or “Very”. So, I answer,
      “the Sun”, make it clear I’d want my match
      to also answer “the Sun”, stress it is “Very”
    •  
    • in its importance, explaining “I need to know
      that you come from the same Galaxy as me.
      Long-distance relationships suck.” Satisfied
      I am being as specific as possible, I go on.
      OkCupid asks, “When it comes to pubic hair,
    •  
    • do you make a regular effort to maintaining
      its appearance?”
      Well, I’ve stopped picking
      out the grey ones… does that count? I have
      no particular opinion on how or if a match
      needs to answer that one, assume it’s the same
    •  
    • sort of thing as “What noises would she make?”-
      things I’d find out if a match is found; the first
      date gone so well, that she asks me to drop her
      off, circle the block, and ask her out again, but
      this time, she says, “Park the car… lose the keys…”
    •  
    • …and this fantasy is interrupted by the next
      question, which asks me to describe my life
      by what stage of Salmon I would describe me
      as being at? The metaphors are not even subtle:
      a.) Fry (youth), b.) Smolt (young adult), c.) Adult
    •  
    • fully developed) and d.) Spawner (has kids/dead).
      My Life in Dating as sad coda to nature documentaries.
      This is where my perfect match would say “e.) Sushi-
      now shut down the computer. Let’s get to eating.

      I would mumble glad praise to algorithms, and join her.
    •  
  • Storium
  • Brent Morris’ Vaporwave Mix
  1. 3D Blast “Twenty15 父の年”
  2. Visceral “MIND OVER MATTER (Feat. Replica Federation)”
  3. Blank Banshee “Teen Pregnancy”
  4. Köshrimp “Oddy SeicentoSessentaSeis Experience”
  5. Bodyline “Sunset Shell”
  6. ULTRADREAM “america (VHS)”
  7. YOUTH FOUNTAIN “電気の銀行”

Joseph Aleo
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephaleo

Mike Andersen
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/M_AndersenPiano

Emil Brown
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebilflindas

Steven Howard
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MentalNotesAFM

Ryk McIntye
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RykMcI

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

Alan Ranta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanranta

Jack Squires
Website: http://duendegames.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/duendegames

TLR
Website: http://taylorshechet.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_tlr_

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Dystopia Can Be A Little Depressing

On today’s show we chat with Lisa Ronson about her new album, Emperors of Medieval Japan. Brent talks about his affection for the 90s revival sound and Vaporwave. TLR talks about creating a Choose Your Own Adventure audio drama.

Joseph Aleo
Website: http://josephaleo.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephaleo

Steven Howard
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mentalnotesAFM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MentalNotesAFM

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

TLR
Website: http://taylorshechet.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_tlr_

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