Wed, 22 February 2017
Then we came up with a variety of names...just random things that sounded cool. Shawn liked Christopher's idea to call the show "Men in Gorilla Suits." And that triggered an idea in Shawn: to name every episode beginning with "Last Seen..." as though we are not only Men in Gorilla Suits, but FUGITIVES ON THE RUN in Gorilla Suits.
That's it...that's the idea behind it all. Well, that and, "We can just talk about a geeky topic a week..."
Of course, that idea could have gone nowhere without effort. But 212 episodes into the show, we're finally talking all about ideas!
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Here's what we discuss this episode:
Thu, 16 February 2017
Thu, 9 February 2017
Thu, 2 February 2017
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Thu, 26 January 2017
Christopher might be writing this from Earth-13. But in Earth-27, Shawn is Christopher...but he might be a minotaur in a trenchcoat who starred in Earth-975's version of Highlander. Because really, that's all I (I mean Shawn) has ever aspired to being (and doing).
But in Earth-4,285,792, everything happened exactly like this, but Christopher is a black lab hoping you believe that Shawn is a minotaur.
The best thing about Earth-4,285,792? Obama is still president...and Abe Vigoda is still alive. (Almost as great as Earth 7,926, where Abe Vigoda is president!)
This week, we're talking about other dimensions...
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We kick it off talking about our understanding of the Mandela Effect, and then jump to discussing if we believe in parallel universes/multiverse theories.
Find out how we conceive alternate realities, and find out if we believe we are all moving among different realities all the time.
Then we talk about something we can prove is real: stories about alternate realities. (At least in the dimension/reality in which you are listening to this. Unless it's a dimension where you can listen to podcasts from other dimensions. Anyway...) We talk about the best, worst, and silliest works of alternate realities fiction.
After that, we chat about what advice we'd hope other versions of ourselves would offer us if we somehow visited other dimensions where other versions of us exist.
Then we discuss whether or not we find much credibility in the conspiracy theory that "aliens" are from an alternate dimension (disclaimer: credibility AS COMPARED TO the conspiracy theory where they come from other planets)?
We talks about what the best -- and worst -- versions of ourselves might be doing in other dimensions. And we wrap it all up with a discussion about our belief (or disbelief) that science will find a way to not only prove, but view/visit other planes in the multiverse?'
In another dimension, you've already left a comment below, but in this reality you have not. Feel free...we do not bite!
Wed, 18 January 2017
Sun, 8 January 2017
Much of the nation, all the way down to Florida, is in the grip of cold and snow and ice.
It seemed like a good time to talk about winter.
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We kick this week off talking about the first winters we remember, and then leap to where winter ranks for us compared to other seasons. After that, we talk about the worst -- and best -- winters we remember. Sticking to best and worst, we also share our favorite winter memory...as well as a winter horror story.
Find out the coldest winter weather we've ever experienced...and what we like most -- and least -- about winter.
We discuss how winters have changed for us since childhood before chatting about some of our favorite winter activities...and the winter activities we aren't so fond of.
And we wrap it all up with why we love (or hate) winter.
You're probably cold and maybe even snowed in; it's a good time to leave a comment below...
Tue, 3 January 2017
For our first episode of Men in Gorilla Suits of 2017, we take a look back at the year that was...
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We begin with how we rang in 2016. From there, we jump right to our best memory of 2016.
A lot of celebrities died in 2016. We talk about the celebrity death that hit us hardest -- and then we chat about how we plan to deal with the results of the 2016 election this year...and beyond.
We discuss things we discovered in 2016, and then devote some time to our favorite -- and least favorite -- things about the year.
We talk about things we brought into our lives in 2016...and some things we shed.
After that, we talk about our favorite accomplishments of the year...and chat about some of the trips we took.
As nice as it is looking back, we like to end by looking toward the future. We wrap up the episode with our feelings about 2017 holds.
How was 2016 for you? Any resolutions or plans for 2017?
Wed, 28 December 2016
Why people tell the truth -- or lie -- is this week's topic.
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We begin back in the past, when we first became aware of truth and lies. Find out if we were honest or liars as children...and how we fare as adults. We also devote some time to whether or not the people we know (or whom we're even close to) tell the truth.
Truth in media has become a hot topic of many conversations. Does truth in media exist anymore? Also: has truth always been nebulous, or is that a recent development?
Then we get a bit deeper and talk about whether it's even possible to know the truth about anything at all.
Do people in power sometimes have to lie? We devote some time to that before moving on to whether or not there is a Real Ultimate Truth™ in the universe.
And we wrap it up by discussing if there will ever be a time humans are truthful...or if some form of lying will always be with us...
Fri, 23 December 2016
In the year 2000, flying cars will take us to work and robots will babysit our children and walk our dogs. We will vacation on the moon and Mars; all our needs will be taken care of. Our only fear is an attack from Galagaxian-7...or maybe a portal opening from a fantasy realm and dragons loose in the streets. Lines blur between Macondo, City of Mirrors and our world; somewhere in northern Wisconsin, an English bulldog controls the forces of gravity.
Speculative fiction is often viewed as the genre of pulps, but so many classics we're used to are speculative works -- even though we do not see them as such.
This week, we devote an episode to speculative fiction...
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We begin by defining what speculative fiction is to us, and then talk about the first speculative work we fell in love with. After that, it's on to why people love speculative fiction so much...while others hate it.
Find out if we have ever written speculative fiction...and if we think there's room for speculating in literary novels (or if here are already speculative literary novels out there).
Next, we discuss the differences (or similarities) of speculative fiction and magical realism...and whether or not we should consider all fiction speculative fiction.
We run through some of our favorite works of speculative fiction before chatting about what speculative fiction does that other forms of fiction can't.
Finally, after devoting a bit of time to things we've not seen done with speculative fiction that we'd like to see, we speculate about what the future of speculative fiction looks like.
Feel free to speculate all you want in the comments below...