Latest Episodes

Topical 48: Languages

5 February 2016 • 23 minutes, 25 seconds

Languages! They’re what separates us from things that don’t have languages, and like any good standard, there’s also a whole lot of them out there. Russell and Jelly chat, in one of their all-time favourite languages, about what it’s like to know multiple languages (or not know, in Jelly’s case), how languages are learned, and how it affects their work and travel.

Silver Screen Queens 142: The Revenant

3 February 2016 • 39 minutes, 26 seconds

It’s widely tipped to take out Best Picture, and win Leonardo DiCaprio his (first) Oscar, but it’s also long, bloody, and bleak. We watch it so you don’t have to.

Topical 47: Chat Rooms

29 January 2016 • 23 minutes, 53 seconds

Chat rooms are everywhere on the internet, and are part of what makes it a great communication tool, but often it can devolve into a cesspool of hatred and offensive behaviour. Russell and Jelly discuss why this is the case, where the overall problem lies, and how this can be solved in the future. You know, for the sake of the children… and the cats.

Silver Screen Queens 141: Room

27 January 2016 • 36 minutes, 8 seconds

Brie Larson was 2015’s breakthrough star, following on from a series of scene-stealing performances, and she’s up for an Oscar for her work on ROOM, a creepy family drama about a mother and son trying to escape their captor, and the single room that was both their jail and home. Jacob Tremblay is wonderful as Larson’s son, in this subtle but affecting film based on the bestselling novel.

Mobile Couch 75: Now I’ve Got More Work to Do

25 January 2016 • 43 minutes, 27 seconds

Ben’s been working on a side-project over his break, and wants to actually flesh it out into something complete and polished. There are a few things he’s not sure about, however, so he gets Jelly’s advice. Should you consider the monetisation of an app for version 1.0? How finished does an app need to be to be placed in the hands of testers? How do you get past the ever-growing list of bugs and get to the point where you can release?

Topical 46: Space Exploration

22 January 2016 • 24 minutes, 8 seconds

TV shows like Star Trek have explored the concept of space travel for decades, and more recently, we’ve started to see a transition to looking at it in a more current light, with movies like Gravity and The Martian. This begs the question: are we going to explore space in the real world, and are we likely to see that in our lifetime?

Silver Screen Queens 140: Carol

20 January 2016 • 33 minutes, 1 second

Rooney Mara’s adorable ingenue falls in love with Cate Blanchett’s force of nature in this intense, beautiful melodrama. Todd Haynes revisits the 1950s again, creating an almost too-faithful period piece featuring wonderful performances from the ensemble cast.

Topical 45: Murder Porn

15 January 2016 • 24 minutes, 24 seconds

Shows that investigate the narrative around a murder are becoming incredibly popular, with podcasts like Serial and the new Netflix series Making a Murderer. The real questions, though, are: why this type of show is so compelling, and is it actually reducing someone’s pain to a story for the purpose of entertainment?

Silver Screen Queens 139: Sisters

13 January 2016 • 35 minutes, 18 seconds

With their long-running TV series’ over, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got together with their friends to make a movie. This gag-laden movie tells the story of a pair of sisters throwing one last party at their family home before it is sold, and it’s solid, fun and extremely women-friendly, albeit with a few story issues.

Mobile Couch 74: Thou Art Not a Real Programmer

11 January 2016 • 46 minutes, 12 seconds

Russell Ivanovic jumps on the couch to chat about what makes code good or bad, and how the perception of code changes over the years. They look at how they’ve learned to approach both their own and other people’s code, helping others learn and grow their skills, and most importantly, whether code style is important or not.