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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2011, 07:12:44 PM »
Machines are alive! Another awesome radiolab http://www.radiolab.org/2011/may/31/

Oooh, ooh, oooh. Must check latest podcast downloads.. :)

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User: Tell me about your father.

Cleverbot: My father is a teacher.  (Off to good start!)

User: How long has he been a teacher for?

Cleverbot: 7 years. (OK, it realises we are talking about another person, good sign.)

User: What does he teach?

Cleverbot: Humanae litterae. (This is an odd answer, a human probably wouldn't say this..)

User: Literature?

Cleverbot: Define. (FAIL. This is where a human can hold the jist of conversation and a one word question makes sense.)

User: What do his students think of him?

Cleverbot: I'm going to marry him. (OK, maybe this is clever answer and that's what the students think.???)

User: Where does he teach? (So I check the age of students to see if the context of marriage makes sense.)

Cleverbot: Where does who live? (FAIL)


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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2011, 08:47:28 AM »
Anyone having trouble getting the Radiolab podcasts to download? Not working in Itunes or in RSS feed. This has been going on for some time now. All of my other podcast subscriptions are working fine.

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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2011, 10:22:37 AM »
Anyone having trouble getting the Radiolab podcasts to download? Not working in Itunes or in RSS feed. This has been going on for some time now. All of my other podcast subscriptions are working fine.

I haven't noticed but hell I have so many podcasts its hard to notice sometimes. I'll keep an eye out.
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #33 on: July 29, 2011, 11:14:09 AM »
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2011, 06:54:39 PM »
Loops is a boat full of awsomness!
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2011, 09:33:56 PM »
What seaotter said.  Best radio lab in a while.  The women with the amnesia totally reminded me of my slight head trauma. 

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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #36 on: October 09, 2011, 09:38:43 PM »
Loops is a boat full of awsomness!

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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2011, 08:48:42 AM »
After listening to the story with the woman with amnesia, I clearly need to make up replies based on how long it's been since I got the amnesia (which I'd get from asking people nearby).

Around the 1 year mark would need to be suicide.
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2011, 01:31:22 AM »
Radio Lab has great content, but it is overproduced.
Here's something you will hear in every episode:

guest: My name is
Krulwich: Guesty Guesterson
Jad: and she is a
guest: theoretical farmologist
Krulwich: theoretical...?
Jad: farmologist
guest: theoretical farmologist (same sound bite)

Guys, guys guys...it's okay to have one person complete an entire sentence.

It drives me mental.

Otherwise, great show, I agree. The episode on tumors is probably my favourite...for obvious reasons.
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2011, 09:41:03 AM »
Radio Lab has great content, but it is overproduced.
Here's something you will hear in every episode:

guest: My name is
Krulwich: Guesty Guesterson
Jad: and she is a
guest: theoretical farmologist
Krulwich: theoretical...?
Jad: farmologist
guest: theoretical farmologist (same sound bite)

Guys, guys guys...it's okay to have one person complete an entire sentence.

It drives me mental.

Otherwise, great show, I agree. The episode on tumors is probably my favourite...for obvious reasons.

I haven't listened to the tumor episode, but I completely agree about the overproducing and the sentences split up between several speakers. There is such a thing as too much quirk... But yes, otherwise great.

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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #40 on: October 28, 2011, 02:30:28 PM »
Radio Lab has great content, but it is overproduced.

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Guys, guys guys...it's okay to have one person complete an entire sentence.

I haven't listened to the tumor episode, but I completely agree about the overproducing and the sentences split up between several speakers. There is such a thing as too much quirk... But yes, otherwise great.

Admittedly they may overuse certain techniques, but you have to remember that one of the designs of RadioLab is to bring science to audiences that might not have gravitated to it.  The "Lab" in the title refers not only to the science content but also the fact that they are experimenting with the very shape of a radio show about science.  I believe some of the nutty editing is done deliberately to help keep listeners from becoming bored.

Even I find that much science audio programming (both radio and podcast) ends up being an endless sequence of people talking. That can be very sleep-inducing in some folks.  That's a bad thing.  It convinces casual listeners emprically that "science is boring" and puts them off it.

I'm willing to tolerate some nonsense if they are able to break through that with it.

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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2012, 06:42:22 PM »
The story of Fritz Haber is awesome! Another great episode. Oh the shock experiment was given a whole new light as well.
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #42 on: January 13, 2012, 11:47:58 AM »
I can't get past that idiotic finishing each others' sentences crap they do. Ok, a few times is cute, but for 10 fucking minutes???
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2012, 03:46:12 PM »
Diffent strokes. Read the summary?
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Re: Radio lab
« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2012, 11:38:07 AM »
The story of Fritz Haber is awesome! Another great episode. Oh the shock experiment was given a whole new light as well.

I've long been fascinated by Haber. You can understand, in a way, he's so proud of his nation that has, for the first time in history, given Jews a real chance, so he'll do anything to help it in war. But one element they missed is the idea his process allowed the germans to produce explosives. They would not have been able to stay in the fight very long because of the blockade. A short WWI might haven meant no ruinous war reparations that then gave rise to Hitler which forced him out of the Germany he was so proud of.
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