Two Bit Geeks
A two-nerds-talking podcast exploring science, philosophy, education, art, literature, geek culture, technology, and other human endeavors. Intelligent conversation with Ped & Tom.
info_outline Episode 47: Our Fraught Relationship with Technology 03/11/2019
Episode 47: Our Fraught Relationship with Technology Ped & Tom review the new book "Digital Minimalism" by Cal Newport and discuss the benefits of reducing your daily interactions with technology and social media.
info_outline Episode 46: Maximize Joy 02/15/2019
Episode 46: Maximize Joy Ped & Tom continue to stare into the existential void and search for the meaning of life, with the help of centenarian Okinawans and the Japanese concept of Ikigai, as well as the organizational methods of tidying expert Marie Kondo.
info_outline Episode 44: Lincoln’s Hoodie 01/09/2019
Episode 44: Lincoln’s Hoodie Ped & Tom welcome a new sunrise and a new year, they run through some followup on Github, Stax lids, and ladybird beetles, Tom welcomes some new arrivals to his household, and Ped attempts to experience history in Washington DC.
info_outline Episode 42: Girding for Frivolity 11/21/2018
Episode 42: Girding for Frivolity Don't Panic! Tom is surrounded by hippies. Ped is on the lookout for interstellar visitors. And they both continue their search for the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Plus, Ped has a curious collection.
info_outline Episode 41: Building a House of Belief 11/08/2018
Episode 41: Building a House of Belief In this episode, Ped has a new drinking game, Tom reveals he was not a particularly good student, and your hosts welcome the new Doctor. They then return to the topic of Climate Change and why people believe what they believe...or not.
info_outline Episode 40: Slot Machines for Attention 10/13/2018
Episode 40: Slot Machines for Attention With apologies for the echoey room, albeit in a new home, Ped & Tom discuss the contrasting environ of Western Massachusetts, a perplexing but pleasing podcast review, and a followup on The Last Jedi that somehow made it through the edit. Then, Ped has a lot to say about CGP Grey and the fight for your attention and Tom makes an unexpected visit to the emergency room.
info_outline Episode 38: Blazar McBlazeface 08/19/2018
Episode 38: Blazar McBlazeface Ped and Tom followup on some recent developments in the world of science including the mysterious ʻOumuamua, a super-powerful blazar, and a neutrino detector buried deep in the ice. Then, Ped extolls the benefits of three recent self-improvement books while Tom prefers self-deprecation.
info_outline Episode 35: Low on Disk Space 06/19/2018
Episode 35: Low on Disk Space It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time for the A.I. Winter and more followup tonight. It’s time to put on makeup, it’s time to dress up right, it’s time to spoil Infinity War and … [Disk Space Error]
info_outline Episode 34: Two Bots Talking 06/02/2018
Episode 34: Two Bots Talking In this guaranteed 100% human-created podcast, Ped & Tom ponder whether humanity was Earth’s first civilization, whether Google chatbots will subsequently replace humanity, whether Irish drivers are the best in the world, and whether your own DNA will implicate your criminal cousin.
info_outline Episode 33: Staring into the Void 05/02/2018
Episode 33: Staring into the Void Pondering pure existence, a big reckoning for Big Coffee, coming to terms with archiving our past, possibly #tooMuchMeta on a flight through Ped’s neural landscape, keep those subvocals to yourself and always look up for the Happy Void.
info_outline Episode 32: On Our High Hobby Horse 04/20/2018
Episode 32: On Our High Hobby Horse Ped & Tom ride their hobby horses through some of their favorite topics; such as speeding and safe driving, dumping Facebook and shadow profiles, fitness tracking and smart devices, supervolcanoes and asteroid impacts, and being kind to one another. Plus, a salute to Professor Hawking.
info_outline Episode 25: The Scorpion and the Tortoise 12/25/2017
Episode 25: The Scorpion and the Tortoise Celebrating the luminous, quiet and noisy joys of the season, Quentin Tarantino has phasers set to kill for Captain Picard, and AlphaZero ushers in a new era of mostly fear for Ped and Tom as they ponder the perils of the new AI. Happy Holidays, humans!
info_outline Episode 22: Nostalgia Kilonova 11/11/2017
Episode 22: Nostalgia Kilonova Wandering down the aisles of emergent 80s nostalgia, briefly Blade Runner and the satisfaction of reinvention, Dungeons & Dragons gets back on the scene, first light on the biggest bangs in the universe and interstellar greetings from the Vegans of Lyra.
info_outline Episode 21: Bandying About the Cosmos 10/27/2017
Episode 21: Bandying About the Cosmos The busy geeks are back from more travels and buzz through accumulated corrections and followup, followed by a deep dive into software development, a trip to the world of Ahch-To (also know as Ireland), and finally Tom finds himself on a ‘special’ list.
info_outline Episode 20: Apocalypse How? 09/26/2017
Episode 20: Apocalypse How? Climate change, nuclear war, hostile AI, runaway nanotech, supervolcanoes, supermassive meteor strikes and unrelenting alien invasions: Ped and Tom shine a gamma ray burst on the biggest threats to our continued existence. Inspiration optional!