Episode 16: Who Wants to Live Forever?

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Partially sponsored by NSF (even if they don't fully endorse that!)

If you want to go to a really good school, try out University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University.

This podcast episode was edited by the mighty Kenny Carlsen.  Thanks Kenny!

The song on the podcast is "So far, I have not found the science" by the truly awesome band Soul Coughing. I wish that they still existed as a band and had a web page!  But, the lead singer was Mike Doughty, who still tours and will be in Chicago on November 18th, 2017. 

Episode 15: How Much Did That Thing Cost?

Aaron ran the Detroit Half Marathon

Follow up:

Question of the Week: How much should we spend on science?

Science of the Week:

Recommendations:

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Partially sponsored by NSF (even if they don't fully endorse that!)

If you want to go to a really good school, try out University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University.

This podcast episode was edited by the mighty Kenny Carlsen.  Thanks Kenny!

The song on the podcast is "So far, I have not found the science" by the truly awesome band Soul Coughing. I wish that they still existed as a band and had a web page!  But, the lead singer was Mike Doughty, who still tours and will be in Chicago on November 18th, 2017. 

 

    Episode 14: Cabin in the Woods Edition

    In this episode, Aaron and his wife Joey spend a rainy weekend in a cabin on the shores of Lake Superior.  With nothing better to do, they talk about peak oil and other topics.

    Introductions: Joey is a Professional and Master Geologist. Aaron is not.

    Question of the Week: Why are some people unable to relax?

    Science Topic of the Week: Peak Oil

    Recommendations:

    This podcast was brought to you by Katy's Dad's Cabin in the Woods, The National Science Foundation, and the University of Michigan. It was edited by the awesome Kenny Carlsen.

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    Episode 13: Who's Watching Me?

    Visiting people in a different country and barely speaking the language.

    Learning a language is hard!

    Finding Nemo in Spanish! (Buscando a Nemo)

    Question of the Week: Eye in the Sky (cameras everywhere?)

    Science of the Week:

    Feedback:

    Recommendations:

    Partially sponsored by NSF (even if they don't fully endorse that!)

    If you want to go to a really good school, try out University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University.

    This podcast episode was edited by the mighty Kenny Carlsen.  Thanks Kenny!

    The song on the podcast is "So far, I have not found the science" by the truly awesome band Soul Coughing. I wish that they still existed as a band and had a web page!  But, the lead singer was Mike Doughty, who still tours (he will be in Chicago on November 18th, 2017). 

    Episode 12: The Giant Alien Hunters are Coming!

    Episode 11: A New Start

    Welcome to "Season 2" of the X and Why podcast. Dave and I (Aaron) are back, and are trying to do things a bit differently.  We are trying a bit more of a fixed format, with a bit of X and a bit of Why, but are not going to interview as many people. Sorry if you really liked that part!  We also hired an editor, which is a huge help (Thanks Kenny!!!). Maybe, just maybe, we will be able to maintain a real schedule and get episodes out every other week.

    So, to kick things off, this week, we talk about:

    Hurricane Irma (We recorded this a bit ago, sorry!)

    Aaron is feeling old, since 55 is out there somewhere.

    Some groups are sending climate denier garbage out to school teachers.  What can we do? Read Wikipedia!

    Henry Pollack's book (a World Without Ice)

    Ask Science on Reddit

    Flat Earth? Seriously?

    Discussion of how bowling is linked to political discourse

    Recommendations:

     - We are Legion (We are Bob)

    Some links to talk more about the podcast: 

    Post something to the reddit! Be the first!

    Aaron will make something on facebook at some point.  So, search there.

    Partially sponsored by NSF (even if they don't fully endorse that!)

    If you want to go to a really good school, try out University of Michigan or Eastern Michigan University.

    The song on the podcast is "So far, I have not found the science" by the truly awesome band Soul Coughing. I wish that they still existed as a band and had a web page!  But, the lead singer was Mike Doughty, who still tours (he will be in Chicago on November 18th, 2017). Dave and I even went and saw him together once! I saw Soul Coughing in Boulder, CO when I lived there in 1996.

    Episode 9b: Joe Animates His Drums

    Episode 9a: Aaron and Dave catch up (the travel episode)

    Aaron and Dave talk about exploring various parts of the United States, making questionable parenting decisions, and the intwined fates of the Ridley minivan and a poor, defenseless raccoon.

    Notes

    Aaron has proper internet!  Rejoice!

    Netflix is ok with you sharing your password

    Red Rock Canyon (BLM land, not state park)

    Lots of climbing at Red Rock Canyon

    Trad vs. sport climbing

    Angel's Landing (and on youtube)

    Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

    Echo Canyon, Zion

    Pothole escape example

    The Mighty Mt. Brighton!

    The Zion Narrows (from the bottom)

    Observation Point

    Acadia National Park

    Bar Harbor (it's on the Atlantic!)

    Raccoon prior to meeting Aaron

     

    A 7 year old exploring Echo Canyon, Zion

    A 7 year old exploring Echo Canyon, Zion

    Episode 8: Paul GOES to space

    Aaron complains about life again.

    Teaching a class on satellite missions

    Dave talks about teaching astronomy (Orion’s Belt)

    Observational astronomy, clear skies, and Utah

    Spectroscopy

    Leaving Utah to come to the gloomy mid-west and traveling with kids

    The half-marathon discussion

     Aikido

    Automation causing massive unemployment (Humans need not apply.) - 

    (And I wrote a blog post on this too!)

    Self-driving cars - https://www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/

    Technology adoption life cycle

    The Diamond Age and teaching via AI

    We argue about whether we have more free time now.

    GOES Satellite

    Advanced Baseline Imager

    Harris

    Ironman

    Not exactly Utah, but relatively "close"?  This is from the Canary Islands - a very dry place.

    Not exactly Utah, but relatively "close"?  This is from the Canary Islands - a very dry place.

    Episode 7: Eric takes a picture

    Aaron has (had!) very expensive internet, and he seems to want to tell everyone about it.

    What is a T1 line?

    Windstream, the company that provided our T1 line for a while

    t-mobile, our new “internet” company

    Pawlowski, LLC and Dr. Ridley speak.

    Aaron talks to Eric Donovan about cameras.  The sound quality is not great.  Sorry.  And you can hear my clock in the background.  Sorry, again.

    Eric's website

    Depth of Field

    Mt. Edith Cavell

    Auroral images from all-sky cameras

    This is a random picture that I took in 2013 and really like.  

    This is a random picture that I took in 2013 and really like.