Latest Episodes

Topical 68: Campuses

24 June 2016 • 23 minutes, 45 seconds

Having just visited the—strikingly different—campuses of Facebook and Apple during their recent visit to San Francisco, Russell and Jelly think back to the various campuses they’ve worked and studied in. Together they compare their experiences and mostly just try to make sense of things.

Silver Screen Queens 162: Now You See Me 2

22 June 2016 • 33 minutes, 9 seconds

The surprise hit of 2013 is back, and the four horseman are recruited into the wacky schemes of an eccentric billionaire. A few new faces have come along for the ride, namely Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan, and it’s pretty fun, if a little overlong and flimsy of plot.

Topical 67: The Big Question

17 June 2016 • 19 minutes, 45 seconds

Russell’s ready to finally tackle the big philosophical questions that people ask: How did we get here? Why are we here? What happens after we die? He and Jelly look at where we turn for the answers, and how these questions are tied to our beliefs, our biology, and society itself.

Silver Screen Queens 161: Money Monster

15 June 2016 • 33 minutes, 19 seconds

Jodie Foster is back behind the camera and Julia Roberts is back in front of it, playing, er, the woman behind the camera for George Clooney’s wacky cable money show host. Production is held up when a young man burned by the show’s financial advice takes the host hostage. The film has some serious points to make about the collapse of institutions and the role of the 1%, but suffers from some confused storytelling and feels like the world’s longest 90 minute movie.

Mobile Couch 85: Kidnapped by a Parameter Name

13 June 2016 • 37 minutes, 24 seconds

In the lead up to WWDC, Ben and Jelly take an early look at some of the changes coming to the Swift language this year with version 3, which like one of the biggest releases so far. With widespread changes in the wording of method names, improvements to how C APIs are handled, and a Swift version of Foundation, it’s going to be a big change to both your code, and how you read it.

Topical 66: Speculation

10 June 2016 • 17 minutes, 53 seconds

There’s no time of the year quite like the lead up to Apple’s developer conference, which sees the tech community start to bubble with the excitement and anticipation of the new things Apple is about to announce. Russell and Jelly look at why we love to speculate about new things, and whether doing so just leads to inevitable disappointment.

Silver Screen Queens 160: The Nice Guys

8 June 2016 • 30 minutes, 54 seconds

We’ve been big fans of Shane Black for a while, so we went to see his latest film, a wannabe 70s noir about a pair of (private) dicks played by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. While the plot is not dissimilar to the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and there are a few funny one-liners, it lacks the charm and wit of the earlier film, and falls into the trap of doing the very thing it’s apparently trying to satirise.

Topical 65: Interpersonal Conflict

3 June 2016 • 20 minutes, 36 seconds

Every relationship endures conflict, whether it be platonic, professional, or romantic. Even interactions with complete strangers can be ridden with conflict, so Jelly and Russell spend a little time considering the ways that they handle conflict in the various parts of their lives, and how it affects them.

Silver Screen Queens 159: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

1 June 2016 • 36 minutes, 47 seconds

Rising star New Zealand director Taika Waititi has been tapped to direct the next Thor movie, but he has a great body of work behind him, including this new gem. This story of a young boy from the city and his reluctant foster uncle, and the manhunt that ensues when they get stuck in the bush is full of all the things we love: diverse characters, solid storytelling and a great absurd sense of humour. While we have some quibbles with the realism of the premise, it’s impossible to ignore the real emotion at its heart.

Mobile Couch 84: Set It on Fire

30 May 2016 • 49 minutes, 9 seconds

Ben and Jelly turn their minds to this year’s WWDC, and spend some time talking about what they expect to come out of this year’s conference, as well as what they’re actually hoping for (there’s a difference!), including better stability in tooling and more transparency with errors.