Episode 9: Die Hard Huckabees

We could probably make more episodes if we had forever

Catching up on another episode we are proud to present the last of the single digits, immortalized as an episode about…well, immortality! Even better, it is longer than the usual!

We debate the joys and pitfalls of being immortal and whether anyone would really want to live forever. Speaking of forever, sorry this episode languished a bit in editing and posting (cough John cough). It has been so long this show notes writer (cough John cough) is having difficulties remembering what we discussed. So this website writer (cough John cough) is left without much to go on. I suppose he could blame someone else (cough Brandon cough), but since he does all the hard editing work…

Anyway, elves, lobsters, memory, being trapped in a computer, AI…consider it a surprise and enjoy the extended episode on the player below, or your favorite podcast app. Links and credits on the full post.

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Episode 8: Apocalypse Service

From summer straight to nuclear winter

Well, what have we here, an episode we posted a long time ago without a blog entry? Time to catch up on important things like the apocalypse.

In case you missed it (subscribe on your favorite podcast platform!) this is an episode about everything end of days, looking at dystopian and post-apocalyptic themes in media. Listen on the player below, subscribe, and open the full post for the show notes, links, and credits.

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Episode 7: Join the Doppel Gang

The one where Brandon becomes a robot

Another episode for ya!

We discuss imitation, fakery, memories, and the downfall of reality as we uncover more of our deepest fears. But it’s not all dark! Learn how a bag of chips will protect your identity, how videogames will allow us to replicate Brandon, and about that childhood movie that actually doesn’t exist.

You can listen directly below (or even better, subscribe on your favorite platform!), and hit “Read More” for related links and credits on the full post.

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Episode 6: Procedural Dreaming

Randomness all the way down

Whoops! We (okay, it’s all John’s fault) are a bit late in making a post for our most recent episode. If you didn’t catch it yet we discuss procedural generation, a cool and mathy way of creating everything from art to entire virtual worlds. Somehow it all comes back to The Truman Show even as we get to geeky video games, choose your own adventure books, and more:

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Episode 5: The Return of the Physics

I used to be a physicist like you, then I took an arrow to the knee

You just can’t keep us away: in this episode we talk physics, but only the fun and cool stuff! Inspired by a question from a student, we discuss some of our favorite and most mind blowing topics we learned about during our time as physicists. We talk about the true weirdness in the quantum world, the ultimate fate of the universe, and come up with a potential new name for the podcast. Episode and links below.

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Episode 4: The Logic of Love

We're back and it's time to talk about love

Long time no podcast, but we’re back! Even having jobs can’t keep us away. In this episode we discuss love song lyrics, the love between human and machine, machine and machine…lots of love all around. And laughter while anticipating how AIs will control the world before we know it. It’s good to be back!

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Episode 3: Emotional AIs, Decisions, and Living in a Simulation

Join us, and question the nature of your reality

We really go off on some…tangents in this episode. While we start with a discussion on emotions and AI inspired by a sci-fi book trilogy, we quickly find ourselves talking about decision making through coin flipping, random numbers, and why we’re probably living in a simulated reality (maybe). We had a lot of fun in this one, while including some science and math (it’s in our nature, apparently). Check out the episode, with a few show notes below on the full post.

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Episode 2: Covenant

The head of Fassbender

Hey, it’s Episode 2! Fresh off of Brandon’s computer (once again cutting, mixing, and producing), we discuss the movie Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, which we talked about in Episode 1. What did we think? Did John hate himself for watching another Prometheus movie, or was it more like Alien(s)? And did Brandon come up with more theories for the ultimate biological weapon? Only one way to find out…

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Episode 1: Prometheus

It begins...

This is the very first episode of Tangent Space! Brandon and John discuss the 2012 Ridley Scott film Prometheus ahead of the sequel out now, Alien: Covenant. One liked it, one hated it, and they dive into theories to interpret the movie.

Intro and outro music is courtesy of Brandon Anderson, who also did all the mixing and producing of this episode.