Three Wise Guys #021

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Episode #021, listen direct or from iTunes and subscribe!

 

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Topic: Fantasy and Sci-fi in society and academia. Why these genres of books and movies are not taken seriously by either society of academia, Why they are passed over for prizes and awards to other, frankly, more boring works. And is the public perception of them changing with the like of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones?

 

Soap Box: Is a rebuttal and reply to several listener comments from the last few shows, featuring several comments from here at WordPress, topics cover, GMO’s, Globilization and media.

 

Legend or Loser (New Segment): Xbone Vs PS4

 

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Disillusionment With Western Sci-fi?

Well not so much disillusionment as disappointment…maybe?

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One of my favorite games is Fallout 3 and then Fallout: New Vegas, both worlds are large and visually interesting (well somewhat) but story wise, nothing grabs me. Even the usual stellar B plots are just uninteresting.

Contrast that Metro 2033, both the novel and the game. They have an intense dark atmosphere and a rich interesting world. All the little stations have a personality to them, you can taste Artyom’s fear in places. The game replicates it quite well, within it’s confines.

And it seems that Metro’s author making the story as an allegory to modern Russia is what does it. Realising that the story has more then one level is fantastic. But Fallout never reaches that.

But I play to poke my head in holes and shoot things.

 

-Aaron

iTunes: User friendly no more?

Computer programs have seemed to be getting more and more user friendly, this is a trend headed mostly by Apple.

Three Wise Guys Podcast, 5 long, long steps away in iTunes, 1 away in Google!!!!!!

Apples tag line has long been, it just works. It doesnt need years of training and a manual thick enough to stop a RPG to get it to work.

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What is that?!?!?!?!

But iTunes seems to be damn near indecipherable to lots of people. It is cluttered with suggestions to get you to buy stuff, its covered in advertising, and its always moving. Add to that the fact that I cant remember the last time I opened it with out it telling me it needed to be updated…

If, by chance, you want to find something on their yourself with out just buying whats on the chart (for an inflated price), well good luck, we’ll wait a week for you then hold a simple memorial service, since you were undoubtedly lost somewhere in there.

When we first submitted our show to iTunes podcasts, it took them three weeks to notice a RSS feed that takes most people, 4,2 seconds. They placed it in the wrong section, and over 6 months latter, still have the blurb wrong.

The most common question we have received for the show, is not what topic is next, or when we are going to revisit a topic with lots of feedback, its where is it on iTunes, since that is where most people get most of their music/podcasts from.

Even the search function isnt a lot of help, being hidden away in the corner, iTunes draws you attention away from it with flashing banners on their latest high market hits. Then once searched, it offers nice suggestions on anything but what you actually want.

I have never had the heart to explore the other feed options provided by Google or Microsoft. Since Apple was supposed to be the easy one, I am almost afraid to think what those look like. I just dont have the heart to try.

So we Blog and we Tweet (oh how I hate twitter almost as much as iTunes) and Facebook away, hoping one of those never ending updates will finally fix something!

Three Wise Guys = Subscribe, can iTunes do it with out blowing up a RSS feed?

It takes 5 steps to find it on iTunes, it takes 1 on Google.

 

Twitter vs Facebook vs Blog

Twitter Vs Facebook Vs Blogs

 

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Its an age old question, assuming your age is less than 10 years.

 

There are casual users for each who use them to stay in touch with people and find items and people of similar interests.

 

There are businesses that tend to ruin it for everyone by using all of them, at the same time, as just another venue to advertise and market themselves, usually with hilariously tragic results.

 

Facebook seems to be for everyone, old and young, to keep in touch. Almost everyone I know uses it, some more some less. For me it has almost totally replaced email as a way to rapidly keep in touch with friends and family around the world. And used in moderation, I think its great, the amount of times Facebook as told me I am in a country or city of someone I had no idea was there. Some of the best Real life moments in my life are due to Facebook warnings.

 

Twitter, if I’m honest, I must say I hate twitter. Its so full of either totally useless spam, business marketing, or people trying to get a trend or some slacktivisum, that the genuinely good stuff, is buried. I now use twitter solely to get the mood of groups of people. When Three Wise Guys got their account, I followed 20 random people from a bunch of different topics, so I we could see what groups of people were thinking about certain topics. The recent vote in Texas on abortion has been a good example of it. Numerous different group showing numerous stand points, some extreme, some not. But it will never give a understanding of a topic, it’s too small, to emotional and it is very rapid. People posting before they have time to really think about an issue.

 

I think Blogs are the happy medium, you get the voice of the people on topics, usually pretty rapidly as they happen. But due to their nature people have time to think and formulate posts, and respond, and have dialog. Dialog! Something missing from the rapid firing tweeting and texting.

 

Each thing has its place, and if you know how to use them, and how to take them with a ton of salt, can be useful in understanding issues. It helps you see the emotional, rational and intellectual aspect to issues. 

Three Wise Guys 015

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Topic: Designer Babies

 

Soapbox: The Liberator Pistol

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

A look at the up coming ethical problem of designer babies and where the line may need to be drawn to seperate the levels of genetic engineering we will be facing in the coming decades.

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Topic: GMO, Genetically modified foods past, present and future

 

Soap Box: Oblivion review

 

This weeks episode takes a look at Genetically modified food stuffs in our societies, its pros and cons and societies opinion of it.

 

Three Wise Guys 013

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Topic: CGI in movies and personal identity right. This week we look at the fate of CGI and what may happen when realistic CGI becomes widely available. Will we start seeing dead actors ataring again? Will we see celebrities cast in roles they wouldnt want? 

 

Soapbox: Why Aaron and Preston support gun ownership.

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Three Wise Guys Episode 012

 

Topic: The unemployment issue, a look at the causes, solutions and fall out of the current unemployment issues facing the world. To union or not to union.

 

Soapbox: Follow up on big brother

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

Three Wise Guys 011

Three Wise Guys #011

 

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Topic: Big Brother, the rights and privilages of privacy

 

Soapbox: Quality control

 

Hosts: Aaron, Preston, Ben

 

A controversial topic this week, a look at the moral and ethical and legal rights being infringed upon by the surveillance. From its benifits to its ethical and moral issues. 

 

Also a soapbox on the benifits of buying quality.

 

Three Wise Guys 007

The better late than never Christmas special of Three Wise Guys,

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Home Alone I, Fight Club, Shawshank Redemption, Hobo with a Shotgun, The outlaw Josey Wales, The Big Lebowski, The Thing

This week Aaron, Preston and Ben look at each other three favorite movies and what makes them great. Also listener feedback from our show on Military holidays.