Graffiti on the Walls of the Internet [Blog]

By Jeff Emtman

Companion to episode: The Daily Blast

Part 1: Bottoming out on the News.

I’m sideways, doomscrolling on Google News at 4 AM local time. Jetlagged out of my mind and too tired to sleep. 

This app reminds me that, as long as time’s existed, people have been pissed at each other.  It’s not great, but at least it’s consistent. 

Archaeologists in Pompeii found graffiti on the city walls with sentiments that feel somewhat familiar to me: “Epaphra, you are bald!”, ” Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they ever have before!”, ““Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”, “Epaphra is not good at ball games.”  Poor Epaphra. 

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The Zookeeper, the Bartender, and the Seafarer [Waves]

Waves move through this story, somewhat governed by the gravitational action of the moon. That means at certain times of the month, some parts are going to be submerged, unfortunately. That’s just what happens when you write a piece involving the sea. I can’t stand around shouting at it like a podcaster version of Canute. It won’t make any difference. 

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The Garden of Branching Lyrical Paths [Blog]

By Martin Zaltz Austwick

Companion episode: The World Outside My Window

I have a doctorate, a significant chunk of which involves Quantum Computing – I’m not showing off, it’s not a very impressive thesis, but it’s relevant – but there’s one thing (well, many things) I never understood. You may have heard how Quantum Computing requires a huge amount of parallelism – many calculations being done at once. So rather than figuring out 1 + 1 OR 1 + 2, it does both at the same time. Quantum Mechanics lets you do this because Quantum bits are spooky and can be both 1 and 2 at the same time. Well, obviously it’s a bit more complicated, but that’s the basic idea – do all the calculations at once, and then pick the right answer at the end.

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The Daily Blast [Almanac]

Wendy and her friend have a daily conference call to share the news. It’s always better to hear bad news from a friendly source.

Created by Jeff Emtman with help from Martin Austwick

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The World Outside My Window [Song a Day]

It’s a song called The World Outside My Window. Every day the words and music are slightly different from the day before.
It contains a Garden of Branching Lyrical Paths; Somehow we always get back to the same place. Sometimes we have to go through a probabilistic journey inspired by Quantum Computing to find our way home.

(There are 573,440 possible variations of this song. Which one did you get?)

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Wendy, Watch The Stars [Almanac]

Welcome to Skyjazz! Each night, Wendy and John broadcast live from a stadium in a different city of the world to tell you all about the stars and planets you can see above your heads – and, as ever, we start the show with a listener question!

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Gus Harms Has Creative Differences [Song a Day]

An acquaintance from John’s wilder days reaches out to submit demos of his new concept album.

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The Most Popular Podcast In The Universe, Tomorrow [Almanac]

Physicist John Welles shares his latest neutrino detection research news in this daily podcast.

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This Is Neutrinowatch

How Neutrinowatch works, and how to operate it safely.

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