Ep. 60: Renaissance Kids

Ep. 60: Renaissance Kids

Episode 60, ‘Renaissance kids’, Part II on Walt Disney Animation Studios

This week, Dave and Steve continue their journey through the feature films of Walt Disney Animation Studios. With proper microphones and a whole new batch of films to talk about, the dynamic duo start to work their way through the next set of Disney films, starting with Cinderella and ending with Oliver and Company. If you don’t remember some of those films, don’t worry about it. As it turns out, Dave and Steve forgotten more about this era of Disney films than anyone ever needed to know in the first place.

  • Intro Clip: Oliver and Company.
  • Dave refuses to make meaningful enhancements to his life because he fears change.
  • Steve and Dave figure out what “Silver Era” means — allowing Steve to make a bad pun about the ages of technological development towards urban civilization.
  • Dave owns Cinderalla.
  • Just to clarify, Dave appears to be talking about the person, not the film. She belongs to him. Which is weird for us all.
  • Wiktionary has Dave’s back.
  • Are talking animals not whimsical enough for you, Steve?
  • Dave and Steve celebrate illiteracy.
  • Steve does his best not to say “Rudyard”.
  • Dave gets text message and stops the entire podcast to deal with it.
  • So that’s why it’s called “the Golden Age”.
  • Did Dave just suggest that Disney is better than Shakespeare?
  • Hi, friend of the show, Missie Peters!
  • At this point, it’s pretty clear that the Editor is just messing around.
  • In case you had forgotten how racist Disney could be, here’s a reminder.
  • Steve pretends to know when mermaids made their first film debut, because he wants the cool kids to like him.
  • Steve sounds like he’s having an existential crisis regarding The Lady and the Tramp.
  • Steve dun messed up his Disney villain knowledge.
  • Dave’s veganism can be traced back directly to a nightmare he had in 1986.
  • Did Dave just refer to the “real” Merlin?
  • It sounds a lot like Steve didn’t bother preparing for this episode at all.
  • Of course Steve was a Boy Scout. It all makes sense now.
  • Calling Bambi a scary movie is stretching it a bit, guys.
  • Dave wonders how people expressed opinions prior to the Internet.
  • Dave makes up his own ending to The Fox and the Hound.
  • The Disney Bronze Era is really just the plot of the movie Inception.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 60: Renaissance Kids
Ep. 59: Books Are Great. Moving Books Are Even Better.

Ep. 59: Books Are Great. Moving Books Are Even Better.

Episode 59, ‘Books are great. Moving books are even better.’, Part I on Walt Disney Animation Studios

After last week’s debacle with what is most certainly their least listened to episode, Dave and Steve return to reasonable episode lengths. That’s right. They are not insisting that you dedicate a significant portion of your life to listening to the podcast. Instead they begin their series on Disney’s animated films. Eventually they’ll work their way to the latest efforts like Moana, but for now they discuss Walt Disney himself, DisneyLand, and the Golden Age of Disney (from Snow White to Bambi).

  • Intro Clip: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • If you think Steve’s audio sounds like it was recorded from inside the belly off a whale, you’d be right.
  • Remember that time Dave and Steve did three hours on the difference between robots, cyborgs, and AI? They don’t.
  • Dave is briefly concerned with proper etiquette.
  • Steve and Dave appear to be on a first name basis with Mr. Disney.
  • Dave sounds a lot like he wants to be an Imagineer.
  • Dave and Steve liked Disney before it was mainstream.
  • Snow White is such a blatant ripoff of Inside Out.
  • Steve accuses Disney of trying to manipulate children into being responsible.
  • Everyone calls them “animatronics”, Dave.
  • Dave flaunts his having-gone-to-Disneyland privilege.
  • This podcast seems to represent the entirety of Steve’s knowledge of Disneyland. Las Vegas too, but that’s not related to this episode whatsoever.
  • Dave is the only person on the planet who didn’t like Captain America: Civil War.
  • Disney films are just a vehicle for ketchup.
  • No, guys, Maleficent is not the Evil Queen of Snow White. This ain’t Amateur Night at the Apollo. Get your act together.
  • Dave and Steve pretend to be talking fawns.
  • Dave is scared by fruits.
  • Steve misses the scary Disney movies of yore.
  • Is anyone else bothered by the way that Dave and Steve pronounce “dwarfs” as “dwarves”?
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 59: Books Are Great. Moving Books Are Even Better.
Ep. 58: The Sounds of Matt Damon

Ep. 58: The Sounds of Matt Damon

Episode 58, ‘The sounds of Matt Damon’, on The Martian

This week, Dave and Steve take on the latest “it’s time to rescue Matt Damon” movie (unless you count Jason Bourne as Matt Damon saving himself from the decisions of past-Matt Damon), The Martian. But instead of giving you the usual fare of The Style Guide, they’ve decided to try and record a commentary track for the film. So enjoy two hours and twenty minutes continuous of Dave and Steve working their way through Matt Damon’s fourth greatest movie. Good luck trying to sync up your copies of the film with theirs.

Also: please don’t sue us 20th Century Fox. Or ABBA.

  • Intro Clip: The Martian Promotional Material.
  • Dave and Steve decide to do an episode with absolutely no regard for how difficult it will be for The Editor to deal with. Thanks guys.
  • Steve says Dave is going to say something and then Steve says it.
  • Steve assumes that you need a PhD to go into space. This is probably because he’s grasping at reasons why NASA would accept him into their space program.
  • Dave doesn’t think very highly of Computer Science degrees.
  • To protect Dave’s ego, Steve politely suggests that he is not sure about a fact that he seems awfully sure abou.
  • Steve says “less” when he means “fewer”.
  • We all heard you say “NASHA”, Steve.
  • Steve says “Yeah” a lot. A lot, a lot.
  • Technically, Mark Watney is both emancipated and emaciated.
  • Hey look, swearing!
  • Cast Away would have been a very different movie if Tom Hanks had a beach ball instead of a volley ball.
  • Dave, as someone who once lived near a potato garden, speaks for all botanists.
  • Things that would have been cut from a normal episode, but can’t because of the nature of a commentary episode: an extended discussion of astronaut poop.
  • Steve, you guys did an entire episode on Julia Roberts. AN ENTIRE EPISODE. You shouldn’t be confusing her with Sandra Bullock anymore.
  • It sure sounds like Steve thinks he could do as good a job surviving on Mars as Matt Damon.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor.
  • Dave doesn’t believe in butterflys.
  • Happy Days ran from 1974 to 1984 and disco music “achieved popularity during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s”. Citation.
  • This episode really gives you a sense of how much Dave loves “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees..
  • The next commentary episode is going to be about American Sniper. Just kidding. There is never going to be another commentary episode. Never ever.
  • Nobody will ever mistake Dave and Steve for scientists.
  • No, Steve. A political scientist doesn’t count.
  • Is anyone else uncomfortable every time Steve talks about “government porn”?
  • Dave shuts off his microphone and forces Steve to stumble awkwardly through talking to himself. In the background, you can hear Dave getting a soda.
  • “Vincent Parkour” and “Mindy Parker”.
  • Steve compliments himself.
  • Steve discovers how deep Dave’s love for him is.
  • Dave discovers how shallow Steve’s love for him is.
  • Steve talks some nonsense about sols. It sounds right, but is super wrong. Unfortunately for him, Dave believes him and thus there is an extended discussion about it.
  • Dave almost says that David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust are two different artists — which is confusing for a bunch of reasons.
  • At an hour and a half, Dave and Steve desperately need to find a second wind. It turns out doing film commentary is exhausting.
  • Dave and Steve cheat for a bit and let ABBA briefly take over commentary duties.
  • Unlike when Steve was talking about sols, he is not a total liar when he talks about Jupiter.
  • Dave does something that makes the last twenty minutes of the podcast very difficult to edit…
  • Thanks to Dave, Steve’s probably now on a government list somewhere.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 58: The Sounds of Matt Damon
Ep. 57: Three Twists In A Row

Ep. 57: Three Twists In A Row

Episode 57, ‘Three twists in a row’, on The Prestige Vs. The Illusionist

This week, after a brief holiday, Dave and Steve do yet another installment of their popular “Versus” series (see episode 21’s Jessica Jones vs. Daredevil), pitting The Prestige against The Illusionist and asking themselves “Which film is the better exploration of magic as a theatrical art?”. Well, given that we know which of the hosts is a magician and which learns one quarter of a trick before he “gives up, but could do it if he wanted to”, we can assume that Dave asks the question, but at least they both answer.

  • Intro Clip: The Illusionist.
  • The only note that Dave and Steve appear to have left for The Editor this week was “Edward Norton is a boss”. Which, as true as that may be guys, isn’t the most helpful piece of guidance to offer the person who has to turn your words into something coherent.
  • Regrets? Steve has a few.
  • As he does with fatherhood, Dave flaunts his magicianhood.
  • Steve spoils the end of the podcast.
  • Edward Norton has always been “pretty hot”, Dave.
  • Dave talks about something called a “video store”.
  • Dave makes up a film called “The Ice Princess” and Steve goes along with it.
  • Is a “mind blower” a leaf blower for brains?
  • Steve defends M. Night Shyamalan, forcing The Editor to learn how to spell his name.
  • Dave and Steve do a great job listening to each other.
  • This episode brought to you in part by Dr. Pepper. The 23rd ingredient is lies.
  • Dave’s least favorite magic movie is Braveheart.
  • Dave has the gall to call Steve “a layman”.
  • Steve has the gall to call himself “a layperson”.
  • Hey Steve, the shownotes aren’t your personal monkey. You can’t just tell us to do something and count on it being done. Google it yourself, you slacker.
  • On a completely unrelated note: here’s a tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • Dave speaks, at length, on behalf of slighted magicians.
  • Are there any films where Paul Giamatti is not a delight?
  • Dave spoils magic for everyone.
  • Steve gives Christopher Nolan an awful lot of credit. Dave sits there quietly.
  • This episode would have been vastly improved by more of Dave doing his Michael Caine impression.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 57: Three Twists In A Row
Ep. 56: Children of the Prequels

Ep. 56: Children of the Prequels

Episode 56, ‘Children of the Prequels’, on Rogue One

Let’s just admit it. The Style Guide exists solely as an excuse for Dave and Steve to talk about Star Wars, and all the episodes in between them are just filler while they wait for the next opportunity to talk about Star Wars — and that opportunity is finally here. Because there hasn’t been enough ink spilled on discussions of Rogue One, Dave and Steve are taking a crack at it. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be disappointed that people treat Hulk Crit Film as gospel. Follow along because this week is a rebellion, and Dave and Steve rebel.

  • Intro Clip: Rogue One.
  • Dave and Steve appear to make a really subtle Beetlejuice reference.
  • Dave’s five dollar word for the episode is “iconoclastic”. Stay tuned for his definition.
  • While it might seem like Dave and Steve are directly attacking the same Hot Takes as the subjects of this piece, they’re probably focused on the absurdity of this.
  • Steve defends the prequels.
  • Is anyone concerned at how subdued Steve sounds throughout the episode? For someone who claims to love Star Wars, his tone seems more suited to YouTube reviews of the eleventh season of Murder, She Wrote rather than the latest installment of his childhood.
  • Eight minutes in, Dave asks permission to start the podcast.
  • Forest Whitaker would make a great ghostbuster.
  • It turns out that Dave accidentally saw Othello instead of Rogue One.
  • CSIS probably isn’t listening to the podcast, Steve.
  • The timeless Matrix Reloaded makes an appearance.
  • It isn’t really related to the epsiode, but this scene is most excellent. And you believe Keanu Reeves is somehow this man’s equal, Steve?
  • “Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn” is almost a tongue twister.
  • Steve tries to emphsize the “Saw” part of “Saw Gerrera” so that Dave will stop calling him “Saul”. Also, Steve calls him “Saw Gerrero” multiple times.
  • At some point, someone is going to call on The Style Guide to script doctor a Star Wars film and boy are Dave and Steve ready.
  • Dave doesn’t know that Leia’s ship in Star Wars is a CR90 Corvette, the Tantive IV. Amateur.
  • I think we all know who the real racist is, Steve.
  • Steve’s big insight in this episode is that a stand-alone Star Wars story might stand alone.
  • Is Dave suggesting that Inglourious Basterds is a Vietnam movie?
  • Steve compliments Dave and he brushes it off like its no big deal.
  • Steve yada-yadas over the best part.
  • Dave references that little known Billy Idol song “Rebel Missile”.
  • “When Vader invaded.”
  • Steve blames Disney for ruining his childhood, but without Disney, you wouldn’t have even had a childhood, Steve.
  • We get it, Dave. You hate Looper and Ant-Man.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 56: Children of the Prequels
Ep. 55: Nice Move, Tim Burton

Ep. 55: Nice Move, Tim Burton

Episode 55, ‘Nice move, Tim Burton’, on Christmas stories

In a move that will ensure that nobody can listen to this episode at an appropriate time, Dave and Steve release their Christmas-themed episode on Boxing Day, and they use it as an excuse to talk about the things that they love and hate about the holiday season. Surprise, surprise, for Dave it’s about his childhood and for Steve it’s some strange complaint about the state of… actually, it’s not entirely clear what he’s talking about.

  • Intro Clip: Frosty the Snowman.
  • Dave has the sniffles and Steve has the construction in his backyard.
  • Steve successfully changes up the intro. Barely.
  • Dave claims that Boxing Day is a statutory holiday. Given that there is no way to verify this, we will all just have to trust him.
  • Steve comes out hard against mothers.
  • The episode opens with a thrilling discussion of “X-Mas” versus “Christmas”. You won’t want to miss it.
  • Dave suggests that Charles Dickens was the real Father (of) Christmas.
  • Shoutout to friend of the show, Nicholas Cage.
  • Dave lies, but because it is so out of character, Steve believes him.
  • Does anyone actually track the box office returns for the nativity play?
  • As one would expect from a Christmas episode, Dave and Steve talk about Michael Caine.
  • Elf is so old that it can almost buy booze for Dave and Steve’s kids.
  • Other potential Christmas puns that one could make a film around: Deck the Halls, about a down on her luck card shark who finds herself playing a poker against Saint Nick and wins the keys to Santa’s sleigh, only to find out that she’s gotten a lot more than she bargained for; and Deck the Halls, about a down on his luck cough syrup executive who stumbles upon one of Santa’s elves and tricks it into using magic to create a brand new cough drop that will help save his career, only to find out that he’s gotten a lot more than he bargained for.
  • It sounds like Steve makes a habit of hate-watching Christmas films.
  • Dave says something bad about Love Actually, because he wants to alienate the shows base.
  • First rule of Christmas romantic comedy club: you don’t talk about Christmas romantic comedy club. The second rule is that The Family Man doesn’t count.
  • Apparently “going for coffee” doesn’t count as a date to Dave.
  • All of a sudden the podcast goes off the rails when Dave and Steve start talking about New Years holiday movies.
  • Is anyone else curious about what Dave’s mom thinks about the Planet of the Apes remakes?
  • Nothing gets Dave into the Christmas spirit like a Blue Cherry SlurpeeTM.
  • James Carrey Presents How the Grinch Stole X-Mas
  • Steve objects to the Marxist interpretation of Dr. Seuss when it is pretty clear that the man was much more of a Leninist.
  • Steve seems to be on a first two names basis with Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Steve has opinions about *Bad Santa.
  • Ghost bustin’, ground hoggin’, Jude Law.
  • Dave and Steve really should have talked about this Apple ad.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 55: Nice Move, Tim Burton
Ep. 54: Point Break Time

Ep. 54: Point Break Time

Episode 54, ‘Point Break Time’, on Keanu Reeves

This week, Dave and Steve take the time to celebrate the genius of Canadian superstar Keanu Reeves. That’s right, the actor that has been requested (by Steve) more times than any other is finally getting The Style Guide Treatment. See what our dynamic duo has to say about obscure films like The Matrix or John Wick and place your bets as to how long into the episode we get before they mention Jodie Foster or Anne Hathaway. Keep your hands and legs inside the phone booth at all times, folks, because strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.

  • Intro Clip: The Replacements.
  • The editor is of the opinion that Steve wanted to bring up this episode of Movies with Mikey, but couldn’t find a way to smoothly jam it in.
  • Right off the top it feels like Dave isn’t going to take Keanu seriously and Steve is going to take him far too seriously. This, faithful listeners, is what we call foreshadowing. It’s goin’ down for real.
  • Dave and Steve appear to have a bias towards actors born in North America.
  • Is it accurate to refer to Ted “Theodore” Logan as “surfer dude”?
  • Steve calls himself an idiot. This, faithful listeners, is what we call the opposite of foreshadowing.
  • Steve seems to have a lot of unresolved anger towards great MTV VJ Pauly Shore despite the fact that Bio-Dome might be the single greatest movie of the 1990s.
  • Regarding John Leguizamo.
  • Much like The Pixar Theory, Dave has The Reeves Conjecture.
  • Steve offers up the best impression that he has in his repetoire: Liam Neeson.
  • Steve has a prejudice against nontraditional football quarterbackers.
  • Steve swears.
  • Steve has clearly forgotten Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  • Dave believes Steve’s Hollywood dreams are without merit.
  • Dave sometimes confuses Steve for Keanu.
  • Dave is racist against surfers.
  • Dave says, “Um” for a full three seconds.
  • Steve’s trying to have a serious conversation about Keanu Reeves. Dave doesn’t take him seriously.
  • Steve doesn’t stick to his guns for no better reason than the simple fact that Dave has a better argument than him.
  • Steve says something that is going to get him in trouble later on down the line, but he doesn’t sound like he regrets it.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 54: Point Break Time
Ep. 53: About A Robot

Ep. 53: About A Robot

Episode 53, ‘About A Robot’, Part III of Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

This week, Dave and Steve conclude their conversation about thinking machines by looking at robotic heroes, good guys, and protagonists. Was Her really a game-changer in in the robo-film movement? What was the cultural significance of 2005’s Robots and how has it influence human-cyborg relations? How does Robot Chicken fit into all this? These questions (and more) go unanswered in this episode.

  • Intro Clip: One of the Transformers movies, but the editor can’t be bothered to figure out which one.
  • Dave doesn’t care about Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Geordi La Forge.
  • Robots aren’t aliens, Steve. They’re robots.
  • How easily we forget the trials and tribulations of Spike Witwicky.
  • “P-tags”, guys? Really?
  • Having watched Short Circuit, the editor feels like the film is closer to a bad improv show than a blockbuster movie.
  • Steve appears to have no idea how to pronounce “Neill Blomkamp”.
  • Is it strange to anyone else that Dave insists on using Data’s rank of Lieutenant commander every time he talks about him?
  • Dave calls WALL-E an “it”.
  • Steve and Dave have an absolutely essential conversation about the naming scheme of the Terminator franchise.
  • Dave says he’ll take Steve’s word on something and then immediately looks it up.
  • Seriously guys, just start a podcast about taking care of babies.
  • Dave tricks Steve into being poetic.
  • Remember back in the day when Dave and Steve cared if they were spoiling movies for you? Pepperidge Farm Remembers.
  • One host goes to great lengths not to say “my dick phase”.
  • Oh the casual droid racism of Han Solo.
  • Star Trek’s Data is really an example of machina ex machina.
  • Really, Steven? It doesn’t matter that Luke has his hand cut off and it is replaced with a cybernetic component so that, as Vader further tempts Luke to embrace the Dark Side of the Force, Luke has already physically lost some of his humanity only to have to replaced in a way that mirrors and draws our attention to the more drastic artificial replacements that Vader received after he joined the Dark Side so many years ago, serving as a painful reminder to Luke (and, by extension, the audience) that he cannot escape being his father’s son and that the struggle to simultaneously resist our nature and remain committed to the Light Side of the Force comes at a cost to one’s very humanity even if your mentors who brought you to the Light Side in the first place failed altogether to warn you about those costs — and, in some interpretations, lied to you about them altogether — despite the fact that those mentors knew full well the consequences of resolve when faced with the seduction of the Dark Side and, rather than facing them, they secluded themselves from the galaxy that they had sworn, as members of the Jedi Order, to protect? That doesn’t matter, Steven?!
  • And, no, Steven. You are not redeemed by pointing out that a blaster, while it may operate under similar principles as laser weapons, is not itself a laser.
  • Dave is probably talking about the Ship of Theseus.
  • Dave appreciates robotic abs.
  • Inspector Gadget really forces us to grapple with the fundamental questions of our time.
  • Steven really wants to talk about Robocop more.
  • Dave’s suggestion that a lightsaber represents “control of lasers” is somewhat forgivable, given that Young Anakin calls it a “laser sword” in The Phantom Menace — although it should be stated that Anakin is absolutely incorrect in his description.
  • Because all the cool kids are talking about it, Steven brings up Westworld.
  • Dave and Steven continue their trend of talking about Doctor Who without having seen any of it.
  • Is Steven talking about sewing?
  • Maybe The Jetsons was a bit racist?
  • Domo arigato for checking out The Style Guide‘s first series.
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The Style Guide
Ep. 53: About A Robot
Ep. 52: We’re People Too

Ep. 52: We’re People Too

Episode 52, ‘We’re people too’, Part II of Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

This week, Dave and Steve continue their exploration of machines in fiction by delving into their use as villains and antagonists. Listen in as the duo comes down pretty hard on the human race in a futile attempt to be spared when the singularity occurs. At least Skynet will feel guilty when they find out that Dave and Steve tried to argue their case. You know, if Skynet felt guilt.

  • Intro Clip: Virtuosity.
  • If you came for an in depth discussion of 1995’s Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, you will be disappointed.
  • Steve and Dave’s next project will be The Child Guide where they talk exclusively about parenting styles.
  • Dave brings up that ol’ robot classic Jurassic Park.
  • Dave drops some Sam Harris.
  • Dave thinks governments are the real villains.
  • Hey Dave, isn’t Steve already your best friend who lives in the Internet?
  • “Unsentient”.
  • Dave sided with the replicants in Blade Runner.
  • For two guys who spent an hour defining their terms, Dave and Steve are awfully carefree about the term “robot”.
  • Dave forces the editor to go down a rabbit hole to fact check something. Turns out, Dave was right.
  • Steve sided with the Matrix in The Matrix.
  • Turns out Steve wasn’t paying attention to any of the boring plots bits of The Terminator and Terminator 2
  • Hey Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer! Please don’t sue us!
  • “Don’t you remember Voyager, man?” versus “Don’t you remember Voyager Man?”.
  • Steve was right.
  • As usual, Dave feels compelled to drop some 19th century philosophy into the podcast.
  • A.B.T. – Always Be Terminating.
  • Steve comes up with an idea for a movie. Dave misunderstands it and comes up with two better ideas. Possibly three.
  • For an extended and thoughtful perspective on Ex Machina by someone whose name is neither Dave nor Steve, check out Mike’s take.
  • No, Dave. “Roy Batty” does not “start with an ‘A'”. Neither does “Rutger Hauer” for that matter”.
  • Steve tells a joke so hilarious that it stuns Dave into continuing his sentence uninterrupted.
  • Michael Bay doesn’t make Steve question his humanity.
  • The last 1:30 of the podcast is a present from the editor to all of you.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 52: We're People Too
Ep. 51: What’s Wrong With A Robotic Nose?

Ep. 51: What’s Wrong With A Robotic Nose?

Episode 51, ‘What’s wrong with a robotic nose?’, Part I of Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

This week, Dave and Steve shake things up with their first multi-part episode. For the next three weeks they’ll be talking about the rise of machines in fiction. This week is all about how to tell you’re dealing with a robot — and then the more important questions: What’s the difference between the Terminator and (the?) Robocop?; What are the barriers to sentience and artificial life?; and Why does a Roobma cost $300? Note: at no point do your intrepid hosts talk about the 1983 hit WarGames, the 1986 flop Maximum Overdrive, and 2014’s entirely forgettable Transcendence. If that’s a problem for you, they sincerely apologize.

  • Intro Clip: I, Robot.
  • In a rare move, the editor has included a brief clip of outtakes. While the editor recognizes the absurdity of linking you to an audio clip when you’re listening to a podcast, he thinks the opportunity to make fun of Steve and Dave is worth it. So, enjoy.
  • Steve talks about parenting skills a lot for someone who sometimes forgets to wear pants.
  • Dave confesses to taking zumba lessons.
  • This episode probably owes a lot to the absolutely fantastic (bite-sized) podcast Robot or Not? — and the occasional side-episodes Sandwich or Not, such as episode 78 “Hot Dogs”.
  • Bite-sized wasn’t a pun, but maybe Dave and Steve should start an offshoot podcast about food.
  • Dave suggests that this dude looks human.
  • Steve prefers the term “fembot”.
  • Steve quotes from a term paper he wrote back in 2010.
  • Dave decides to cut off his hand and sews a camera in its place.
  • Steve makes a ridiculous mistake: he says “adamantine”, which is indestructible metal of the Gods with magic and psychic properties that was bonded with Earth-12025 James Howlett’s bones prior to his adventures with Hercules. He clearly meant “adamantium”, which is a mostly indestructible metal alloy with no magic or psychic properties that was bonded with Earth-616 James Howlett’s bones prior to his adventures with the X-Men. Two completely different things.
  • Dave and Steve are not racist against Steampunk Robots.
  • Dave defines a term by using the term.
  • Turns out Steve has this whole “I’m quoting from the dictionary” voice.
  • Regarding dogs and AI.
  • It should be noted that the entire discussion about animal intelligence is coloured by the fact that Dave is a vegan and Steve hangs out with vegans sometimes.
  • There is a brief discussion in which Dave uses the word “breeding” and we all feel just a little bit uncomfortable.
  • For whatever record there is, Steve is right: there is a working Cylon detector.
  • Dave humours Steve’s question about Toy Story.
  • Because they apparently didn’t settle the topic the first time they brought it up, Dave and Steve again talk about the differences between Toy Story, Toy Soldiers, and Small Soldiers.
The Style Guide
The Style Guide
Ep. 51: What's Wrong With A Robotic Nose?