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Hops and Box Office Flops Sep 23 · 1h 47 Ronin – Ronin with my Homies47 Ronin is a Hollywood-sized retelling of a famous Japanese legend. It's full of mystical CGI beasts and absurd witchcraft. Why? Who the hell really knows, but apparently the executives wanted something in the vein of the Hobbit movies. Yes, a recurring theme on this pod is that too often the people running the studio let their bad ideas seep into the product. 47 Ronin did not need a monstrous budget to be captivating. The actual history is interesting enough. It's more an indictment of American audiences to think authentic Japanese history wouldn't capture their attention. Anyway, when you spend close to $225 million on what should be a straightforward tale of avenging samurai, it's a good bet you won't recoup your costs. It's also safe to assume that an abundance of fantastical nonsense will distract from the heart of the story. Both of these ended up being true. The core ronin sadly take a backseat to a silly, nonsensical romance subplot and over-the-top green screen. Hence, when 47 Ronin committed metaphorical seppuku at the box office, grossing a puny $151.8 million worldwide, they had no one to blame but themselves. Critics were just as unkind. With 90 reviews, it carries a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Is it truly that bad? Not really, there's some fun to be had; but the strains of it being pulled by the competing visions of the director and the studio are painfully apparent. So, sit back, pop the top on a Hitachino Nest White Ale, and beware of what lurks in the Tengu Forest! I, the Thunderous Wizard ( @WriterTLK) and Chumpzilla —with katanas in hand—have vowed to avenge our fallen lord. This Week’s Segments: Introduction/Plot Breakdown – There is a legend of 47 warriors who seized eternity. (00:00) Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, we discuss who was the better samurai, Keanu Reeves or Tom Cruise. (30:49) The "Die with Honor" Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast is thrown into the pit to survive, and then I challenge the field to trivia about the movie. (42:36) Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We conclude "Hops and Star Powered Flops" with Death to Smoochy. (52:19) And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—the true story behind the legend and more—from this week’s episode! You can find this episode of Hops and Box Office Flops on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify, Acast, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Vurbl, Amazon Music, and more!
The Big Vibe with Tev and Ty Sep 29 · 59m Episode 3: Celebrity Influence, Evolving Sport, and Shopping AbroadThe boys are vibing in Episode 3! This week, the conversation kicks off with Adam Levine and the news surrounding his infidelity. The discussion revolves around celebrities and why people respond to influential people in different ways. The conversation then moves to South African sport, specifically focusing on The Rugby Championship as well as SA Crickets' new T20 league in 2023. This leads to the boys talking about how sport around the world is evolving and what that means for sport as a whole. Finally, Tev and Ty discuss shopping in the UK and Thailand, comparing the experience to what they are used to back home. All that and more on Episode 3 of The Big Vibe.
Something You Should Know Sep 29 · 50m How to Stop Overthinking and Move On & Why AI Will Not Take Over The WorldHeart disease is the #1 killer in the world. While there are many things you can do to reduce your risk, this episode begins by revealing a simple way to cut the risk more than 30%. And it’s all in your attitude. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/a-positive-mindset-can-help-your-heart-2019021415999 Have you ever found yourself overthinking? It’s when you think through an idea or a goal or a career move over and over, imagining every variable and possible outcome. The result is you don’t really do anything or take any action – you just keep overthinking. Apparently, most of us do it and some point and it can really get in the way of your progress and success. So when does normal thinking become overthinking? And how do you stop it? Joining me to discuss this is Jon Acuff. He is a speaker and author of 9 books including Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking (https://amzn.to/3f2FI9o). Several prominent people (including Stephen Hawking) have predicted that artificial intelligence (AI) could be dangerous. That we could create machines that are so smart and so sophisticated they could control us instead of the other way around. Is that really possible? Can we actually create machines that think on their own. Probably not according to Gerd Gigerenzer Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the award winning author of several books including, How to Stay Smart In A Smart World (https://amzn.to/3SnGADW). What may be a more interesting discussion is how machines and AI are changing our behavior – and it is already happening. Fall allergies are a real problem for a lot of us. Listen as I explain some things that will help minimize the symptoms by keeping the allergens out of your house. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy-proof-your-environment PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! Go to https://CozyEarth.com/SOMETHING to SAVE 35% now! All backed by a 100-Night Sleep Guarantee. Factor makes it easy to eat clean 24/7, with fresh, delicious, prepared meals! Head to https://go.factor75.com/something130 & use promo code Something130 to get $120 off! Visit https://Indeed.com/SOMETHING to start hiring now! Go to https://Shopify.com/sysk for a FREE fourteen-day trial and get full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features and start selling today!! Redeem your rewards for cash in any amount, at any time, with Discover Card! Learn more at https://Discover.com/RedeemRewards https://www.geico.com Bundle your policies and save! It's Geico easy!
Dissertation Nation Jul 22 · 8m Introduction EpisodeIn this brief episode, Dana Brookover, PhD, describes the concept of the podcast, introduces herself, and offers a preview of the episodes to come. Website: https://dissertationnation.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: @DissNationPod Resources: https://www.topuniversities.com/blog/what-dissertation https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/dissertations/
Regenerative Skills Sep 16 · 34m Elvira Di’Brigit on why we farm. Stories from growers of the Capay ValleyA lot of my work at the moment is centered around building community and connecting people across Europe who are on a journey into regenerative agriculture. As I learn more and more about the farmers that I’m working with and their challenges and desires for the future I’m struck by the stories that unfold. Stories of legacy, perseverance, experimentation, recovery from adversity, hope, and so much more. As I work to gather and record these stories and to connect these people so we can better collaborate and support one another, I’ve been drawn to reflect on some of the past episodes in this podcast that featured the unique stories of growers and land stewards.One of my favorite episodes that centered around telling the stories of farmers was with Elvira Di'Brigit, the author of the book “Why We Farm” which is an investigation into the whole truth about life as a modern day farmer. Viewed through the lens of the environment within the Capay Valley of northern California, each chapter features a different model of farming. In each profile, farmers share the stories behind their work and their lives on the farm; the business side of production, the personal challenges they face, and words of advice for the would-be-farmer. The book asks hard questions and gives a reverent yet realistic picture of a thriving local food system.In this interview from back in season 1 of this show, Elvira talks about how she first came to the Capay Valley and her motivations behind wanting to live a farming lifestyle. We talk about how the farmers profiled in her book tell a larger story of modern farming in the United States, and even the trends and challenges facing the agricultural industry around the world. Elvira also gives a unique perspective into the growing community outreach that is strengthening the bonds in the valley and fostering a larger network of resilience that should be inspiring for anyone living in a rural community. Join the discord discussion channel to answer the weekly questions and learn new skills with the whole community Links: Elvira on facebook http://whywefarmcapay.com/
The Stack Overflow Podcast Sep 28 · 29m Don't let software steal your timeGuilo gives building UI components as an example of where software innovation has given him time back: he started building them as static images in Photoshop, then Sketch brought connected, interactive components, and Finally, Figma let you collaborate and build an entire system together. If you missed any of the previous episodes, you can find them waiting for you here. Connect with Paolo Passeri on LinkedIn. Connect with Giulio Barresi on LinkedIn. Check out more mechanical keyboard products from Logitech. Congrats to KnutKnutsen for their answer to How can I specify a one-argument constructor using Lombok?, saving the question and picking up a Lifeboat badge.