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Episode 176 – Free Podcast

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  1. Whisker
    Whisker April 23, 2024

    I am definitely not a furry.

    • Jordan
      Jordan April 26, 2024

      Yes but didn’t you attend the con? Make sure to watch TBM’s video linked below.

  2. Kenny
    Kenny April 25, 2024

    I enjoyed Battletech as well. My one complaint is that the game is kind of unbalanced. Basically the game is setup so that you go through ~40 missions and in each mission you send out 4 mechs (hard cap for you) to fight anywhere from 4-10 enemy mechs. The enemies are usually a little weaker and dumb, but the general flow is that you never lose a single mech and must destroy all enemy mechs. For the most part, if you lose a mech, you reload.
    I thought of an analogy for the non-gamers: it is kind of like being a republican politician going against democrats and the mainstream media. You have to be basically flawless. You said something about negative about a black person on twitter 10 years ago, boom you need to resign in disgrace you filthy racist. Democrats on the other hand can do cocaine with prostitutes and the response is “was it caught on camera,? No, oh we can just ignore it then”.

    • Jordan
      Jordan April 26, 2024

      Ok… unbalanced… ya maybe. But maybe it’s just right? It’s good that the computer can’t do called shots on your guys… except when you’re knocked down.

      I like how the game is set up so that you can lose your mechs/warriors and re-hire others… Or you can eject and save both if you think you’re going to lose them. But you’re right, that mostly I’m sure people just re-load the mission. (I do. Although I did lose one guy early in the story. And then one of my other pilots got hired away by some other group???)

      Anyway thinking about the balance… (I’ve finished the story campaign) last night I took on a “defend base” mission. Granted there were four allied turrets… but my lance of four had to take on 12 Mechs over 80 tons. Fortunately they didn’t all attack at the same time. I’ve been caught in crossfires that were almost impossible to win without losing half your lance. But generally if you have a heavy lance you can handle that many enemies without lasting damage as long as they’re spread out and your guys/mechs are really advanced. So in which direction is it unbalanced if most of the time I only have minor repairs when taking on overwhelmingly superior numbers and highest weight class mechs and come away with everyone mostly intact and reasonable damage? I have to be honest and say I’m restarting the mission if they destroy any of my SLDF tech. πŸ˜‰

  3. I play the radio
    I play the radio April 25, 2024

    My short list of “Serious” movies:

    “Troll 2” note that it was filmed Utah, and that there are no trolls in the movie.
    “Wherewolf” find on Mystery Science Theater 3000 for some extra fun.
    “Manos: Hands of Fate” also found on MST3K.

    • Jordan
      Jordan April 26, 2024

      Welcome back “IPTR”!!!

      • I play the radio
        I play the radio April 29, 2024

        Back on gri

  4. Publius
    Publius April 25, 2024

    Bobby has that new long-cold.

    • Jordan
      Jordan April 26, 2024

      Reasons why they were not allowed back at the hotel:

      1 – Degeneracy
      2 – See above
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      10 – See above

    • Whisker
      Whisker April 28, 2024

      Oh, so now I know crinkling is a thing.

  5. Dmitri
    Dmitri April 27, 2024

    Yes, Iran has been blamed on attacking critical U.S. infrastructure. I recall some water systems breaches which occurred last year that were attributed to Iran. (While attribution of cyberattacks is not perfect, there can be significant clues). Keep in mind that Iran is not the only country to sponsor such activity…North Korea would surely be disappointed if I excluded them from the list, so I won’t make a list and risk leaving anyone out.

    Notwithstanding, the countries which have, ostensibly, targeted the most U.S. critical infrastructure are China and Russia. I believe that nearly all of their activities have been directed towards gaining a foothold and testing, without an intentional effort to cause significant havoc to this point in time (this excludes actions that don’t appear to be state-sponsored, e.g. the Colonial Pipeline attack). Unfortunately, a weak cybersecurity posture is very common for U.S. critical infrastructure.

    Regarding “favorite movies that intended to be serious that turned out to be funny and fun,” the word “favorite” needs to be taken quite broadly. I’m thinking that most movies that have been featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and a heck of a lot of 80’s movies qualify, like “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Though, you did use the term serious, so that would preclude unserious movies that turned out to mainly be humorous because of how terrible they are.
    Here’s a few for you to watch: Krull (1983), Howard the Duck (1986), The Last Airbender (2010), and Troll 2 (1990). [Note that Troll 2 is not actually a sequel and is unrelated to Troll (1986).]

    So, you want ideas for a t-shirt contest…one that doesn’t involve saturating a t-shirt with water? If you’d like to tie it to the podcast, maybe coming up with a tagline for the podcast? Limmericks? How about a salad competition (pasta, potato, beet, cabbage, etc.)…but this means people traveling to a BBQ or sending you a refrigerated shipment. Or, perhaps an ice cream eating contest at said BBQ. πŸ™‚

    I’ve continued playing Fallout 4 during much of my free time (and even sleeping time) this week. The game is quite incredible in many regards, especially the design of the environment and richness of the story. I’ve played enough to earn the “Ranger Corps” achievement for discovering 100 mapped locations, so I’ve spent a substantial amount of time. I’m probably through most of the main campaign, but have diverted by doing a lot of side quests. This is a game that one could spend hundreds of hours in, and still have hundreds of hours of play remaining.


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