Latest Episodes

Topical 77: Basic Needs

26 August 2016 • 22 minutes, 47 seconds

If you’re hungry, or tired, chances are you’re not going to be able to reach your fullest potential. Russell and Jelly take a look at the concept of basic needs, how they affect us, and whether some of these needs can be offset with something like a “universal basic income”.

Silver Screen Queens 171: Bad Moms

24 August 2016 • 35 minutes, 21 seconds

We’re not mums yet, but we had quite a bit of fun watching some get (kind of) bad. Kristen Bell is a comic delight, and Jada Pinkett-Smith is criminally under-used, but the six (female!!) leads give funny, fearless performances. They are not well-served by the writing that never quite goes hard enough at the comedy or the feelings, but we can’t help but be happy that this movie is out there, showing the can’t-win-no-matter-how-hard-you-try reality of the lives of mothers today.

Mobile Couch 90: A Pile in a Drawer

22 August 2016 • 52 minutes, 19 seconds

If you’re lucky, you’ll never need to work on an app that has to manage files, but just in case you ever do, Jelly’s got you covered with a basic overview of file management on iOS. He walks Ben through the basics, covering coordination of access to files between processes, reading parts of files, and displaying a localised version of a file path.

Topical 76: Fitness Trackers

19 August 2016 • 23 minutes, 35 seconds

Fitness trackers, from the Fitbit to the Apple Watch, are everywhere, and theoretically helping people improve their fitness, but are they all that they’re cracked up to be? To find out, Russell and Jelly look at how they exercise (or… don’t) and how fitness trackers have motivated them, both in the early days and after some time.

Silver Screen Queens 170: Whiplash

17 August 2016 • 39 minutes, 44 seconds

As the end of blockbuster season looms, we catch up on this arthouse favourite from a couple of years back. It’s a good looking film, deftly edited and expertly acted by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (who won an Oscar for this role). While there’s plenty to love in this film, we have some issues connecting with it.

Topical 75: Digital Currency

12 August 2016 • 20 minutes, 39 seconds

From Bitcoin to Dogecoin, the internet is filled to the brim with digital currency, and both Russell and Jelly have toyed with the idea of making it rich. But with support still lagging, and a significant amount of bad press surrounding the idea, has digital currency had it’s day?

Silver Screen Queens 169: Suicide Squad

10 August 2016 • 46 minutes, 36 seconds

The most anticipated DC movie in a while, Suicide Squad is the crack team of super-villains brought together by HBIC Amanda Waller. After a great marketing campaign, the movie has received a critical battering. For good reason, it turns out. Loud, lazy and loutish, it left us feeling dirty.

Mobile Couch 89: Invisible String

8 August 2016 • 43 minutes, 3 seconds

Dependency injection is a simple programming technique with a bit of a scary name, but it turns out that it’s excellent for highlighting the connections between classes within an app. Ben walks Jelly through the basics of using dependency injection, why singletons are bad, and places you might already be using this techique without even knowing it.

Topical 74: First Impressions

5 August 2016 • 19 minutes, 20 seconds

First impressions count. The judgements we make about people or things when we first encounter them can sometimes stay with us for a long time, and colour our perceptions. Russell and Jelly take a hard look at their first impressions of each other, how they watch movies and TV shows, and why first impressions can often be completely and utterly wrong.

Silver Screen Queens 168: Central Intelligence

3 August 2016 • 38 minutes, 36 seconds

This has been out for a while, but in the midst of summer blockbuster season, we had missed it until now. The Rock continues his string of feel-good flicks, this time showing his comedy chops alongside Kevin Hart. Despite the wink wink nudge nudge tone of the marketing, the film is kind-hearted and open-minded, celebrating the victories of ordinary folk over their bullies. The Rock remains our fave, while Kevin Hart gets a couple of new fans.