Episode 21 — Parallel Thinking
Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:37 PM
Is it plagiarism, sheer coincidence or Jungian “collective unconsciousness” hippy bullshit? You can find out now if you throw on your headphones and click play above.
Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:38 AM
Also, it is interesting how similar the backing tracks are on the songs, and how "whoomp there it is" became more popular probably because the beat it just a little bit better.
Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:45 AM
Alexander Graham Bell knew other people were trying to come up with a telephone, like Edison knew the light bulb had already been invented.
I always thought Deep Impact/Armageddon came about because the world was supposed to end in 2000.
Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:49 PM
Also, it is an odd movie:
Posted 05 March 2014 - 07:03 AM
Instead, we get 20 minutes on wack-ass harry potter.
It's Cracked. The podcast, in particular, leans towards discussing pop culture phenomena.
If I want to hear erudite people discussing historical and intellectual topics in a fairly in-depth manner, I'll go listen to In Our Time. If I want to hear writers digging into how pop culture works, I know the Cracked podcast will usually scratch that itch.
Chris Bucholz wrote about the Newton-Leibniz calculus controversy a year and two days earlier. His article was all about inventions and scientific advances, so the calculus story fits right in there.
If you listen to the whole podcast episode, there's a few brief mentions of the development of the telephone but it's almost wall-to-wall pop culture, so even if they recorded an absolutely brilliant ten-minute discussion of how Newton privately worked out calculus while Leibniz was the first to publish a full-blown paper on the idea, it probably would have been cut out because it doesn't really flow with the rest of the subjects covered.
Posted 05 March 2014 - 07:31 AM
The film is clearly a refit of the Holmes archetype (Kasdan acknowledges this in the commentary,) and its focus on the detective as intellectually brilliant but emotionally broken and socially inept would be eerily familiar to anyone who watches House.
I'm sure there are other arguments to be made as to why the film went virtually unnoticed despite the deluge of Holmes and Holmes-like characters in the fifteen years after, but in talking to my mother, I came to the conclusion that the zeitgeist just wasn't quite right for Zero Effect to be a big deal.