The Apocalypse will be Automated

The Apocalypse will be Automated

 

No, this is not the first episode of Season 2 (although that is coming soon).   Instead I wanted to give you some insight into one of my between seasons projects, as I chat with writer and director Melanie Killingsworth about her film ‘The Apocalypse will be Automated’.  The film is about technology, morality and zombies which are all super interesting plus, I’m in it!  In the film.  So there’s that.

 

You can learn more about the film here:

If you like what you’re hearing, you can help fund the film here:
Plus in the interview Mel mentions a couple of cool things about which you may want to know more, you can find them here:
Werner Hertzog documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xmEeuZDABE
Longer, more in depth podcast about ‘the internet of things’: http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/whats-with-this-internet-of-things.htm
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Episode 5: This Land is Mine (part 2)

Episode 5: This Land is Mine (part 2)

Episode Summary

Our second episode about This Land is Mine, the World War II Hollywood propaganda movie that features nice Nazis, compassionate collaborators and a surprisingly compelling pro argument for fascism.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the reaction of French critics to this movie was almost unanimously scathing, they felt the portrayal of life under occupation was uninformed, inaccurate and insulting.

But is This Land is Mine inaccurate?  Or were French critics actually upset because the film’s relatively sympathetic portrayal of Nazis and collaborators was actually more truthful than they were ready to accept?

 

This episode was recorded live at Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets in Melbourne.

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Episode 4: This Land is Mine

Episode 4: This Land is Mine

Episode Summary

This Land is Mine is a movie released in 1943 and frankly it’s a pretty boring watch.  It’s visually dull.  The characters talk way too much.  But there are some interesting things about it.  For example:

  1. It was made in Hollywood and released during the Second World War.
  2. It’s a propaganda movie about life in Nazi occupied Europe.
  3. The Nazis in the film don’t like killing people.
  4. The collaborators in the film are just trying to save lives.

 

…I’m sorry, what?

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Episode 3: Ernesto Juan Castellanos

Episode 3: Ernesto Juan Castellanos

Episode Summary

 

Ernesto Juan Castellanos was born in Cuba in 1963.  Four years before that, in 1959, was the Cuban revolution.  One year after that, in 1964, was the Beatles first world tour.  Also in 1964 the communist government banned the Beatles in Cuba.  Anyone caught with Beatles records, listening to the Beatles on the radio could go to jail.

Despite all this, despite the threat of jail, despite living his whole life under a communist government, Ernesto grew up to be a huge Beatles fan.  And in 1996 he created an event that would change the status of the Beatles in Cuba forever, and lead the repressive government to put up a statue of John Lennon in the middle of Havana.

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Episode 2: Model Airports

Episode 2: Model Airports

Episode Summary

Yes, you read that correctly.  Model airports.

Some people who like model airplanes build model airports to put their model airplanes in.  But while building model airplanes is a pretty common hobby, building model airports is super uncommon, almost unheard of.

Reasons why building model airports is uncommon include:

– Mathematics

– Creativity

– The nature of mankind (specifically our never ending fascination with war and violence)

 

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Episode 1: Syndesmica

Episode 1: Syndesmica

Episode Summary

This article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

The Wikipedia article for Syndesmica is not extensive. It tells you it’s a moth genus, but not much else.
So I Googled Syndesmica. I got 280 hits, all of which quote the Wikipedia article word for word.
Then I Google Scholar-ed Syndesmica. I got 3 hits, all of which were about Verruca Syndesmica, the wart common in frogs and toads.
I couldn’t find Syndesmica in the library catalogue (I tried four different university libraries). I couldn’t find the word Syndesmica in the index of any book about moths.
I started to think I was going insane.  Continue reading →

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Trench Coats

Trench Coats

 

THIS IS A SECRET MESSAGE

It will make the most sense if listened to in front of the window of Rose Chong’s Costumiers, 218 Gertrude St, Fitzroy.  Rose Chong’s is also located just round the corner from Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets, where Random Article’s launch and live podcast recording is happening on the 7th of August.  Coincidence?  Or conspiracy…

 

For details about the launch, or anything else in the world of Random Article, go to randomarticle.net

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It begins…

It begins…

Are you excited? It’s coming very soon!

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Random Article Intro

Random Article Intro

Welcome to Random Article, the podcast that is interested in EVERYTHING.
Subscribe today to make sure you’re the first in line to hear new episodes when we launch on August 7th, 2016.

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