Latest Episodes

Silver Screen Queens 130: Spectre

18 November 2015 • 39 minutes

Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes re-team after the spectacular SKYFALL with mixed results. James is adequately brutal, Q is adorable, and there are as many enemies within Her Majesty’s government as without. In following on from more modern and successful franchises with more palatable heroes, the Bond series, like its protagonist, struggles to reconcile its history with the modern world.

Mobile Couch 70: Communication Makes it Happen

16 November 2015 • 59 minutes, 11 seconds

If you deal with clients, you’ll discover that there’s a lot of ins and outs to working with them on a project. Ben and Jelly talk about how they deal with clients, from the refining the app idea, through scoping and quoting, to communication and running the project. Along the way, they cover finding the email sweet spot, dealing with clients who want everything, and coming up with your hourly or daily rate.

Topical 36: Preorders

13 November 2015 • 24 minutes, 42 seconds

Jelly’s been doing quite a few preorders lately, and so he and Russell look at how preorders work, how they affect the games and tech industries, and where Kickstarter falls in the world of preordering goods.

Silver Screen Queens 129: Bridge of Spies

11 November 2015 • 42 minutes, 32 seconds

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg team up again to tell the Cold War-era story of an American lawyer recruited to defend an alleged Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate a prisoner exchange for an American captured by the Russians. Mark Rylance is a standout in his supporting role, and it looks amazing, but the talent involved isn’t quite enough to make a compelling film.

Topical 35: Winning and Losing

6 November 2015 • 22 minutes, 12 seconds

Winning is awesome, losing not so much. But is there more to it than that? Russell and Jelly were both told as kids that “winning doesn’t matter”, so they look at how they win and lose in everyday life; from Jelly’s traumatic childhood sports stories, to Russell’s attempts at finding success in failure.

Mobile Couch 69: I Don’t Even Have Coupling

2 November 2015 • 38 minutes, 40 seconds

In response to a topic suggestion, Jelly draws on his recent experiences with GIFwrapped to discuss ways to ensure an app’s architecture is loosely-coupled, thereby making it easier to extend and maintain it’s functionality. He and Ben go into several important techniques that they use in the apps they write, and back each up with examples to show the benefits of approaching your code in these ways.

Topical 34: Death

30 October 2015 • 19 minutes, 13 seconds

Prompted by a comic which poses the concept of a machine that can tell you how you’re going to die, Russell and Jelly talk about a topic that most people would rather avoid: death. How it’s treated in fiction and the effect it has in real life are vastly different, and ultimately they find that there really aren’t enough Batmen.

Silver Screen Queens 127: Crimson Peak

28 October 2015 • 40 minutes, 26 seconds

Happy Halloween Queens! Guillermo del Toro and Tom Hiddleston (among others) teamed up to make a scary movie about a creepy castle, and we had no choice but to watch it. Filled with del Toro’s trademark creatures, bloody violence and luscious production design, it also features a couple of his less-strong trademarks, but is an enjoyable enough experience all the same.

Topical 33: Buying a House

23 October 2015 • 21 minutes, 15 seconds

Russell and Jelly are feeling a little more mature than usual, so they take a look at their experiences in buying and owning their own homes, from the positives it brings to how the responsibility can affect more than just your everyday finances.