Will guests this week to chat with Jeremy about the rise and fall of HQ Trivia, Half-Life: Alyx’s release date, Space X’s private spaceflight plans, and Sony’s PS5 pricing mystery. Plus, we dial Norm in for an intercontinental facetime call to see what’s happening in New Zealand!
When you marry Adam Savage’s mission to explore Spot’s skillset with his longstanding desire to build a rickshaw, you get… well, THIS. Note: Adam was SO excited to build this carriage, he worked on it nights and weekends, but happily captured what we couldn’t in time-lapse.
We’re back in Wellington, New Zealand this week at one of our favorite places in the world, Weta Workshop! Richard Taylor and sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen graciously guest on the podcast to catch us up on what they’ve been working on, share fun stories of past projects, and as always inspire us with their enthusiasm and love for the creative process.
Here’s another tool everyone needs in their shop: an automatic wire stripper. Unlike the manual wire strippers we’ve all used, these remove the outer plastic layer effortlessly without having to pull the wire from both sides. They were a game changer when first released, and are now more affordable than ever!
We go behind-the-scenes at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB to dive into the development of Star Wars: Vader Immortal. Chatting with the director and developers of this VR experience, we see how iconic environments were crafted, how new ships were modeled, and how lightsaber combat and force powers were designed to work with the potential and limitations of virtual reality hardware.
Adam’s first project with Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot gives it a novel purpose: pulling a custom-built carriage with Adam as its passenger! Watch Adam give Spot some Victorian flair and the interesting problems that arise in marrying cutting-edge robot technology with vintage transport.
We’ve risen for the resistance! At Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, that is. Norm and Jeremy duocast this week to recap the strategies and tricks for getting aboard this new ride, and the benefits of bringing a baby to Disney World. Plus, breaking news about Mobile World Congress, impressions of Samsung’s new Galaxy flagships, and stay for the Picard Episode 3 spoiler talk at the end of the show [spoilers begin at 1:44:25]!
The flip phone is back! We go hands-on with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphone, which has a 6.7-inch OLED display that’s apparently made of foldable glass. Plus, we check out the 100X “Space Zoom” camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship from the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event!
After Parasite’s big night at the Academy Awards, we talk about all the winners, surprises, and trends we saw from the celebration of this past year of movies (and love for South Korean cinema!). Plus, Norm returns from Walt Disney World, Adam recommends a book on the Wright Brothers, and we tease projects to come!
Adam Savage kicks off his book club with mathematician Matt Parker, discussing Matt’s book, Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World. Much of the conversation centers around your questions, including one that points out a possible error, so thanks for taking part! Stay tuned for Adam’s next book club selection.