Live from Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco, it’s the Incomparable Computer Draft! We pick the best computers of all time—real and fictional. (It goes off the rails quickly.)

With panelists David Sparks, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Moren, Dan Frakes, and Jeff Carlson.

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1. Commodore VIC-20 (Jeff) 2. J.A.R.V.I.S. (Dan F.) 3. WOPR (Dan M.) 4. GLaDOS (Ren) 5. Deep Thought (David) 6. PowerBook 160 (Jason) 7. Colossus computer (Jeff) 8. KITT (Dan F.) 9. Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine (Dan M.) 10. PowerBook Duo (Ren) 11. TRS-80 Model 100 (David) 12. Apple IIe (Jason) 13. Titanium PowerBook G4 (Jeff) 14. Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One “Molar” (Dan F.) 15. 20th Anniversary Mac (Dan M.) 16. Newton MessagePad 2000 (Ren) 17. Macintosh 128k (David) 18. Landru (Jason) 19. PowerBook 100 (Jeff) 20. PowerBook G3 “Wall Street” (Dan F.) 21. Black Box from “Sneakers” (Dan M.) 22. Original iMac (Ren) 23. USS Enterprise Computer (David) 24. 11-inch MacBook Air (Jason)

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Grab your shield, steal your old uniform, and hop on your motorcycle, because it’s time for us to discuss “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s the latest Marvel movie, and even though Steve Rogers is the title character, there’s an awful lot of SHIELD in this movie, too. Does the franchise aspect of these films help or hurt? Are the action scenes more interesting than the urban disasters featured in most recent superhero movies? And is the Falcon really Cap’s only friend outside SHIELD? Also, we reveal the Hydra secret handshake.

Featuring panelists Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, Guy English, Rene Ritchie, and Moisés Chiullan.

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Best of Hail HYDRA: The New Marvel Meme Sweeping The Internet | The Mary Sue "Captain America: Winter Soldier" on IMDB

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Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key—it’s time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss “WarGames,” the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for computer nerds like us? How do the film’s Cold War themes contrast with its anti-technology themes? Can a computer make moral decisions? Why is there so much nerd shaming and sexism? And why do they let tour buses into the heart of America’s nuclear command? So many questions, Professor Falken, and so few remote-controlled pterodactyls.

Featuring panelists John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, Greg Knauss, and David J. Loehr.

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In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, we present the second edition of The Incomparable Game Show. Two teams match up in a battle of trivia and pointlessness. (Or is that redundant?)

Team Pacific Time: Glenn Fleishman, Greg Knauss, Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz.

Team East and Also Canada: John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr.

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Space Food Sticks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Incomparable #85: Game Show

It’s the Incomparable Game Show! In a clash of young(ish) versus old(ish), two teams vie for the honor of being the team who wins. Sci-fi questions, confused androids, and a visit from a parallel-universe version of The Incomparable are all part of the story. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you won’t learn a darned thing. Join us, won’t you?

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Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss “The Martian” by Andy Weir. It’s a nuts-and-bolts adventure about a stranded astronaut who uses his botany and engineering skills to stay alive on Mars. Did we mention botany? And engineering? There’s a lot of both. Also, we tell you what we’re reading.

Featuring guests Lex Friedman, John Moltz, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.

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"The Martian" by Andy Weir on Amazon "What the Dead Know" by Laura Lippman on Amazon "You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty" by Dave Barry on Amazon "The Kassa Gambit eBook" on Amazon "Black Death eBook" by Robert S. Gottfried on Amazon "The Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis on Amazon "Bellwether" by Connie Willis on Amazon "The Last Policeman" by Ben H. Winters on Amazon "Countdown City" by Ben H. Winters on Amazon The episode where Scott recommended “The Last Policeman” "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer on Amazon "Blue Remembered Earth" by Alastair Reynolds on Amazon "Use of Weapons" by Iain M. Banks on Amazon

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We reconvene our Old Movie Club to watch two gritty early-1970s films that have been unfortunately remade in the last decade: “Get Carter” starring Michael Caine, and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” starring Walter Matthau. We learn about slide-based pornography, metaphors involving stick-shift cars, angry New York transit officers, kazoo parades, and so much more.

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It was the dawn of a new age—the rise of sci-fi shows with story arcs, complex characters, and computer-based special effects. “Babylon 5” was a trailblazing TV series and we give it the treatment it deserves in this double-sized episode. The curious can join us for a lengthy pre-Spoiler Horn conversation about why we like the show, and the veterans can stick around for detailed, spoilery conversations about where the show went during its five seasons on the air.

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Do you love cardboard and hate sanity? Then join us for our draft of favorite board games! We do some uranium mining on a donkey, propose a new trivia-themed podcast, debate the merits of Sanka versus Yuban, and discuss two different versions of Risk—three, if you count the version Tony invented where each Risk battle is settled by a full game of Monopoly.

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1. Trivial Pursuit (Monty) 2. Careers (Erika) 3. Monopoly (David) 4. HeroQuest (Tony) 5. Clue - Master Detective (Dan) 6. Carcassonne (Jason) 7. Family Feud 1977 edition (Monty) 8. Betrayal at House on the Hill (Erika) Errata & FAQ - Betrayal at House on the Hill 9. Poetryslam Magnetic Word Game (David) 10. Race For The Galaxy (Tony) 11. 7 Wonders (Dan) 12. Castle Panic (Jason) 13. Risk 2210 A.D. (Monty) 14. Arkham Horror (Erika) 15. Kill Shakespeare (David) 16. The Settlers of Catan (Tony) 17. Risk Legacy (Dan) 18. Sorry! (Jason) Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) | Board Game | BoardGameGeek The Mad Magazine Game | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Amazon.com : Game of Life : Board Games : Toys & Games Fireball Island | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Amazon.com : Mousetrap : Performance And Acting Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Dixit : Card Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Lord of the Rings: The Board Game : Strategy Board Games : Toys & Games Starfarers of Catan | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Solarquest | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Amazon.com : Cosmic Encounter : Strategy Board Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Pente : Board Games : Toys & Games Kinesis | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Amazon.com : Forbidden Island : Card Games : Toys & Games The Coachride to Devil’s Castle - Official Website Amazon.com : Small World : Board Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Dominion : Strategy Board Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Puerto Rico : Board Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Ravensburger Scotland Yard Detective Board Game-Ages 8+ : Strategy Board Games : Toys & Games Amazon.com : Resistance The 2nd Edition : Games : Toys & Games Lords of Waterdeep | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Amazon.com : Ticket To Ride : Board Games : Toys & Games Dark Tower | Board Game | BoardGameGeek Dark Tower TV Commercial with Orson Welles - YouTube The World of Micronauts Game | Board Game | BoardGameGeek

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Do you like sand? Then you may get upset as we conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” in which we ponder the mystery of droid consciousness, fail to get excited about seeing our old friends from Episode I again, open a Variety Pack of monsters, debate Yoda’s fighting strategy, and talk John Siracusa off the ledge. Finally, we ponder whether it’s worse for a movie to be bad or boring.

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#182: Full-Fledged Force Mullet

Part one of this episode.

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Against the advice of our doctors, we’re back with more prequels. This time it’s “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” With three different opening statements, our podcast is about as bureaucratic as the Imperial Senate. We also discuss R2’s incompetence as a security system, ponder Anakin’s puzzling pick-up lines (and haircut), sympathize with the boring job of the Jedi, and question the plight of the Fett family and the clone troopers. (Part 1 of 2.)

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Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, but will he always be? We discuss the interesting problem of replacing the face of your franchise, whether it’s Doctor Who or James Bond or Captain Kirk or Batman or Superman. Fortunately, we leave plenty of time for digressions into old TV shows (including “Three’s Company,” “Bewitched,” and “Magnum P.I.”) and anger the internet’s foremost Robocopians. Spoiler: In the end, Hollywood ruins everything.

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Casino Royale (Climax!) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Lone Ranger (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Coupling (UK TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Rock (1996) Columbo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Three’s Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Magnum, P.I. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia RoboCop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Buddy Ebsen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mannix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bewitched - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ? Waaaaaaalt - YouTube Happy Days - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jeffrey Combs - IMDb Wayne Alexander - IMDb The Dukes of Hazzard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Roman Brady - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Black (Days of our Lives) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Iron Chef - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Iron Chef America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sasuke (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hawaii Five-0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Maverick (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Shadow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Moffat planned Cushing ‘hat tip’ in the Doctor Who 50th : www.doctorwhohub.tv Gunsmoke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Falcon’s Brother - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Unlock the front door to your mind palace, fake your death in numerous ways, and draw on a fake mustache! Season 3 of “Sherlock” is on our agenda, and we discuss all three episodes in turn. How does the introduction of Mary improve the cast dynamic? Does the middle episode sag as in past seasons, or prove to be a highlight? The game is on, Watson.

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We talked season one of “Sherlock” way back in episode 3.

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