Happy Hour with Dennis and Erik

Jan 08 2021

Happy Hour with Dennis and Erik

Ep. 42 – Missouri Loves Company
Jan 10 2020
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Epiphany (holiday) (Wikipedia) Olentzero (Basque Santa) (Wikipedia) Twelve Grapes (Wikipedia) Swatch Internet Time (Wikipedia) Podcast about Swatch Time (TL;DR – On The Media) Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (Wikipedia) Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed, including that 42 is 101010 in binary code, that light refracts through a water surface by 42 degrees to create a rainbow, that light requires 10−42 seconds to cross the diameter of a proton. Adams rejected them all. On 3 November 1993, he gave this answer on alt.fan.douglas-adams: The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ‘42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story. 42nd Street (Manhattan) (Wikipedia) List of U.S. states by date of admission to the Union (Wikipedia) Blues Brothers – Peter Gunn (YouTube) Warner settles ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright suit for $14 million (Reuters) Tesla Motors is now America’s most valuable car company (CBS News) Misery (film) (Wikipedia) David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019) (IMDB) 27 times Ricky Gervais hilariously trolled his own girlfriend on Twitter (Mashable) After Life (Netflix) EXTRAS Bloopers: Patrick Stewart - Naked (YouTube) Jon Voight (Wikipedia) Solo: A Star Wars Story (Wikipedia) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

Ep. 43 – Oak Notes Are Like Velvet, Soft and Chic
Jan 17 2020
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Juleøl (Wikipedia) Jack Benny (Wikipedia) Milton Berle (Wikipedia) Tigers vs. Tigers Results (ESPN) Pinocchio - Motivational Speaker ad (YouTube) Woodchuck Geico Commercial (YouTube) Original Dead Parrot Sketch (YouTube) Owner: Well, he’s…he’s, ah…probably pining for the fjords. Mr. Praline: PININ’ for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home? Owner: The Norwegian Blue prefers keepin’ on it’s back! Remarkable bird, id’nit, squire? Lovely plumage! Mr. Praline: Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its perch in the first place was that it had been NAILED there. (pause) Owner: Well, o’course it was nailed there! If I hadn’t nailed that bird down, it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its beak, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee! Mr. Praline: “VOOM”?!? Mate, this bird wouldn’t “voom” if you put four million volts through it! ‘E’s bleedin’ demised! Owner: No no! 'E’s pining! Mr. Praline: ‘E’s not pinin’! 'E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E’s expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed 'im to the perch 'e’d be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E’s off the twig! 'E’s kicked the bucket, 'e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!! Let There Be Blood (2007) (IMDB) The Macallan – No 6 – £3,330 (The Macallan) COLOUR Spanish sunset. NOSE Raisin, dates and figs dominate whilst sultana and toffee apples add texture and depth. The weight of flavour from the raisins is dark and rich with great viscosity. Dry ginger and soft cinnamon hint at the edges the edges. Dark chocolate is majestic, vanilla sweetness lingers in the background. PALATE Heavy and sumptuous. A rich fruit cake of raisin, dates and figs, apples, sultanas, orange then ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and hints of clove. Oak notes are like velvet, soft and chic. FINISH Silky smooth with a long and full finish. Licor 43 (Wikipedia) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

Ep. 49 – Reality as Seen Through The Lens of Time
Feb 28 2020
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Antipodes (Wikipedia) Antipodes Finder (Antipodes Map) How Long To Fall Through The Earth? – Minute Physics (YouTube) Gravity Train (Wikipedia) In reality, there are two reasons gravity trains do not exist. First, a lengthy transit distance would pierce the Earth’s mantle and traverse a region where rock is more fluid than solid. No materials are known that would withstand the tremendous heat and pressure in the inner core. Temperature is estimated as 5,700 K (5,430 °C; 9,800 °F), and pressure as high as about 330 to 360 gigapascals (3,300,000 to 3,600,000 atm). Secondly, frictional losses would be significant. Rolling friction losses could be reduced by using a magnetically levitated train. However, unless all air is evacuated from the tunnel, frictional losses due to air resistance would render the gravity train unusable. Evacuating the atmosphere to make it a vactrain would eliminate this drag but would require additional power. Such objections would not apply for solid planets and moons that do not have an atmosphere. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport by Rolf Harris 1963 (YouTube) Captain Kangaroo (Wikipedia) They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (Wikipedia) Nippers - Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club (Bondi Surf Club) Bill Maher smoking pot (YouTube) Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M (Yahoo News) Mike Bloomberg meatball tweet (Twitter) The Fashion Institute Of Technology Put Two Top Officials On Leave Over A Runway Show People Are Calling Racist (BuzzFeed News) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

Ep. 22 - Purple Chipmunk Proboscis
Aug 30 2019
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Ratatouille Ride - Disneyland Paris (YouTube) Ep. 7 - Harvesting French monkey tears, episode about Disneyland Paris Proboscis (Wikipedia) A proboscis /proʊˈbɒsɪs/ is an elongated appendage from the head of an animal, either a vertebrate or an invertebrate. In invertebrates, the term usually refers to tubular mouthparts used for feeding and sucking. In vertebrates, a proboscis is an elongated nose or snout. Ad Astra (Trailer) (YouTube) A River Runs Through It (Trailer) (YouTube) Uncanny valley (Wikipedia) In aesthetics, the uncanny valley is a hypothesized relationship between the degree of an object’s resemblance to a human being and the emotional response to such an object. The concept of the uncanny valley suggests that humanoid objects which imperfectly resemble actual human beings provoke uncanny or strangely familiar feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers. Valley denotes a dip in the human observer’s affinity for the replica, a relation that otherwise increases with the replica’s human likeness. The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Eating Breakfast (YouTube) Wes Anderson // Centered (YouTube) You Know It’s Wes Andersen IF… (YouTube) Mindhunter (Wikipedia) How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes (YouTube) There’s a Reason Why This Mindhunter Character Seems So Familiar (TV Guide) Original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ unrolled (YouTube) Donald Trump and Benito Mussolini: Striking Parallels (The HyperTexts) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

Ep. 24 - Shoeing a Bald Nun
Sep 13 2019
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Did a Man Die Demonstrating a Window’s Strength? (Snopes) It isn’t often we have occasion to employ the term “accidental self-defenestration” in an article, but that phrase certainly applies to the case of Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer with the Toronto law firm of Holden Day Wilson, who on 9 July 1993 plunged to his death from the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower building at TD Centre in front of several horrified witnesses: Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the building’s windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously had conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lauwers, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was “one of the best and brightest” members of the 200-man association. Irish Weather Report (YouTube) Trump Fat-Shames His Own Supporter (YouTube) Chick Sexing (Wikipedia) Fornication (Wikipedia), for you nuns out there! Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri: Mildred vs. Father Montgomery (YouTube) The Case of Al Franken (The New Yorker) Last month, in Minneapolis, I climbed the stairs of a row house to find Al Franken, Minnesota’s disgraced former senator, wandering around in jeans and stocking feet. It was a sunny day, but the shades were mostly drawn. Takeout containers of hummus and carrot sticks were set out on the kitchen table. His wife, Franni Bryson, was stuck in their apartment in Washington, D.C., with a cold, and he had evidently done the best he could to be hospitable. But the place felt like the kind of man cave where someone hides out from the world, which is more or less what Franken has been doing since he resigned, in December, 2017, amid accusations of sexual impropriety. Matt Damon #MeToo Statement (YouTube) Joker Trailer (YouTube) Joker: Joaquin Phoenix Lost 23 Kgs, Practiced the Laugh For ‘An Uncomfortable Amount of Time’ (News 18) Jared Leto Went Really Method With His Dallas Buyers Club Beauty Routine (The Cut) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

Ep. 21 - Quixotic Amber Camel
Aug 23 2019
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Bohemian Rhapsody – press conference scene (YouTube) Freddie Mercury — acoustic analysis of speaking fundamental frequency, vibrato, and subharmonics (Tayler & Francis Online) Quantitative analysis utilizing a newly introduced parameter to assess the regularity of vocal vibrato corroborated its perceptually irregular nature, suggesting that vibrato (ir)regularity is a distinctive feature of the singing voice. Imitation of subharmonic phonation samples by a professional rock singer, documented by endoscopic high-speed video at 4,132 frames per second, revealed a 3:1 frequency locked vibratory pattern of vocal folds and ventricular folds. Good Vibrations Episode: Ep. 11 - Work the Body, Grow the Mind SpeechJammer: A System Utilizing Artificial Speech Disturbance with Delayed Auditory Feedback (Cornell University) In general, human speech is jammed by giving back to the speakers their own utterances at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately by stop speaking. Furthermore, this effect does not involve anyone but the speaker. We utilize this phenomenon and implemented two prototype versions by combining a direction-sensitive microphone and a direction-sensitive speaker, enabling the speech of a specific person to be disturbed. We discuss practical application scenarios of the system, such as facilitating and controlling discussions. Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) (Wikipedia) SpeechJammer won 2012 Ig Nobel Prize (YouTube) Botticelli’s Inferno (Wikipedia) Salvador Dalí (Wikipedia) Vincent van Gogh (Wikipedia) Geico Hump Day Commercial (YouTube) Don Quixote (Wikipedia) Quixotic in Spanish is quijotesco Before Swimming, Be Sure To Shower (Water Quality & Health Council) A thorough shower with soap helps remove perspiration, body oils, cosmetics and traces of urine and fecal matter on the body. Sending those substances down the shower drain goes a long way toward reducing the “yuck factor” for everyone who shares the pool, but there is much more to consider. The pre-swim shower helps minimize the irritating, smelly substances formed in pool water when impurities introduced on the bodies of swimmers combine with chlorine. Many people identify that smell as the smell of chlorine. The survey found 38 percent of people believe the characteristic chemical odor of some swimming pools in an indicator of a clean pool. In fact, that stringent odor is not from chlorine, but from irritants produced when chlorine reacts with impurities. Recreational Water Illnesses (CDC) Lexicon Valley Podcast (Slate) Deadwood: The Movie (Wikipedia) Ian McShane (Wikipedia) Deadwood: The Movie (HBO) Deadwood and the English Language (PDF) (Digital Commons) If, as seems demonstrable, words like prick, cunt, shit, fuck, and cocksucker would have been in common usage in the time andplace in which Deadwood is set, then, like any words, in form and frequency their expression will be governed by the personality of a given character, imagined by the author with whatever imperfection, as the character is shaped and tested in the crucible of experience. Talk Pretty – The linguistic brilliance of HBO’s Deadwood (Slate) Deadwood’s characters utter long, serpentine sentences, in diction that—depending on the speaker—can ascend to courtly abstraction or sink to the ripest vulgarity. Newspaperman Merrick (Jeffrey Jones), distraught over Hickok’s death and disgusted with McCall’s acquittal, offers a sarcastic toast: “Should it ever be your misfortune, gentlemen, or mine, to need to kill a man, then let us toast, together, the possibility that our trials be held in this camp.” Dawson’s Creek (Wikipedia) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

Ep. 6 - A hundred percent salmon all of the way
May 03 2019
Buy a round! Become a Patron! Links Pale Blue Dot photo (Wikipedia) Pale Blue Dot book (Wikipedia) “We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there — on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light . . . To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” — Carl Sagan, speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994 There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible NCAA basketball tournament brackets. Overview Effect (Wikipedia) Spaceship Earth (Wikipedia) The Habitat podcast (Gimlet Media) Christina Koch (NASA) It costs about $20 to get a gram into low earth orbit. (StackExchange) French Quarter Festival Money Buys Happiness Up To $70,000 / year (Time) How Fast Would You Have to Go To Make A Red Light Look Green? Relativistic Doppler Effect – Spoiler: 54,900 km/s (Science Notes) MacKenzie Bezos $1.1 billion divorce settlement (CCN) Cindy Lou Who (Suess Wikia) Anyhoo (Merriam-Webster) I’m assuming Pelosi isn’t a Jewish name, right? It sounds Italian but I’m bad that way. Anyhoo … give me a shout back and let’s get the dialogue going!!— Rob Long, National Review, 20 Nov. 2006 Anyhoo. These divers saved a shark.— Kathie Lee Gifford, NBC News Transcripts, 4 Mar. 2010 … moving with the animated dash peculiar to the quickie films of the time, snapping such lines as “Say, what’s the big idea, anyhoo?”— Diane Werts, Newsday, 21 July 1991 Speaking of blonds with ambition, check out the latest from Tara Reid. You remember her—party girl, sometimes does a little acting. Anywho, she’s looking into other ventures, just like Miss Paris H.— Jan Uebelherr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2008 Law of large numbers (Wikipedia) Mandela Effect, a phenomenon of common false memories, like “Fly my pretties! Fly!” (Wikipedia) Misremembered “Fly my pretties” clip (YouTube) Buy a round! Become a Patron!

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