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Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • 50 Shades Movie Overview

    The took one of the worst things from the book out of the movie: Anna’s “inner goddess.” Anna’s conversations with her inner goddess was some of the WORST dialogue every written. I was happy when I realized it was not carried over to the movie. The problem, however, was that inner dialogue was the primary conflict in the book. Anna had to talk herself into being with Christian and her own self doubt and fear of entering the relationship was what she had to overcome. In the movie she doesn’t need to overcome anything. It is like a single episode of a reality show in which a boy and girl meet. It’s actually quite dry. I give this movie a 0/1.

  • Keurig DRM

    Keurig pulls an ultimate dick movie and installs real life DRM on their K-Cups. With the Keurig 2 system, all of your old 1.0 K-Cups and any third party K-Cups wills not work anymore. They are getting some backlash for this obviously. We take the discussion to a larger scale and consider what will happen in the future if more companies take a stand like this. What if Apple makes all 3rd party cords not work on their products for example?

  • Two-Party Consent

    In the state of Minnesota, only a single party needs to consent to recording a conversation for it to be a legal recording. In some states two-party consent is required. It is because of those state you often hear automatic messages telling you that a call may be recorded. I question why two-party consent is ever required. Isn’t it JUST an extra layer of protection for criminals?

  • Social Media After Death

    I sent an mass email at work and one of the auto replies I received was a message telling me this person has passed away. This got me thinking who is going to set up my auto-reply that says I have passed away? What about all of our social media? Facebook, staying ahead of the problem releases a legacy contact feature. Bravo.

  • Pono Audio Quality Shame

    Pono player was one of the most successful Kickstarters ever and it made some bold claims. Pono is a music player, similar to an iPod, except it plays better sound. The Pono player has it’s own music store which offers a special premium music file made specifically for the player. The albums are $25. But is it actually any better? Well most people can’t tell.

Picks

  • Saga

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  • The Cuckoo’s Calling

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  • Man of Tai Chi

  • Tap Titans

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  • Flannel Sheets

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AVDP EP28 | Super Bowl | Commercials | Gamer Gate



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Super Bowl Madden 2015 Prediction

    I had no idea about any of this, but I guess Madden the game franchise simulates the Superbowl every year, and the game has been right 9/12 times! It did more than just choose the winner this time, it also got the score perfect, predicted the MVP, and knows how many touchdowns Tom Brady would throw. Read about it at Business Insider.

  • Super Bowl Commercials

    There were some strange commercials during this year’s game. Check them out and tell us what you think.

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  • Gamer Gate

    The discussion of Gamer Gate is a true vortex. You cannot talk about it without getting sucked into a truly epic conversation. It is going to be impossible for me to summarize all of the directions the discussion goes. Suffice it to say my bottom line is Anita Sarkeesian makes plenty of good points and I think it’s important to think about. If you want to disagree with her points, by all means. However the childish threats and name calling aren’t doing anyone any good. You need to be a logical human being.

    Here are the two specific videos from Thunderfoot which I feel completely miss the point, and do a truly terrible job of refuting points Anita has made. How or why he has so many followers is beyond me, but it is a shame someone this out of touch with logic has such great influence.

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Picks

  • The last cheesburger in Iceland

    Check out the live feed of the last value meal in Iceland looking not a day older than then when it was made over 5 years ago!

  • Gone Girl

    Yury finally watched Gone Girl and he thinks it’s pretty good.

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  • Grand Budapest Hotel

    Yury rates his favorite Wes Anderson movies. I have hardly seen any of them.

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  • Wes Anderson Makes Symmetry cool again

    Just in case you don’t know what I am talking about with people’s erections for Wes Anderson’s symmetry fetish. Here is one of MANY demonstrations.

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  • Jeff Birdges - Sleep Sounds

    Jeff Bridges made this silly album to help people get to sleep for a Square Space commercial. You can download the album for free, or pay what you want and all profits will go to Jeff’s favorite charity. I downloaded it for $1 and I think it’s very funny and excellent. Check it out.

  • Super Oleg

    Check out Super Oleg’s sweet Adobe tutorials and videos.

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  • Pricing poverty out of America

    A new take on my original sterilization idea. What if we sterilize all newborns like before. Except this time instead of the antidote being very affordable, it is prohibitively expensive? I realize this is very tyrannical and insane and nobody would be for it. Even I am not for it. However I want to explore this as a thought experiment. How would this effect society? Would it stop American population growth? How would it effect the economy?

  • McDonalds needs a vegetarian option

    Recently Ikea joins the Vegan bandwagon with the announcement that it will release vegan meatballs joining the ranks of Chipotle, Burger King, White Castle and many others. Who is missing from this expanding list? McDonalds. Why is the largest fast food chain in the world doing nothing to embrace the growing vegan/vegetarian movement?

  • Mental sentencing for prisoners

    Imagine we have the same technology as the matrix and we can plug people in to a virtual world. The word can be constructed to the specifications of the experts. What if we use this technology to rehabilitate prisoners? In the same way Neo can learn Kung Fu and how to fly a helicopter in a matter of seconds, criminals can be lead through a comprehensive rehabilitation campaign in a matter of seconds. The difference between the Matrix and this system is, brain actually feels like real time is passing. So 60 years in prison would still FEEL like 60 years even though it only take a second… Eric and I explore this topic in a variety of ways.

  • Should a doctor be able to refuse to perform on someone?

    Based on a real situation in Mosul in which doctors who refused to treat wounded ISIS soldiers are executed by the other ISIS members, we ponder the implications of letting doctors choose who they treat. I point out how crazy it is for combat doctors to treat the wounds of enemy soldiers, which are only wounded because allied forces attempted to kill them. I also bring up the dangers of discriminating doctors refusing treatment to citizens they don’t like.

  • Being healthy in America perceived as an art form

    Eric’s out-of-country friend said something thought provoking. She said in her country being healthy isn’t treated like an art form. I have never looked at it that way, but I can see it.

Picks

 

  • Zite News Reader

    Zite is an intelligent magazine that helps you discover interesting things to read. It functions much like Pandora but for stories. You can seed it with some magazines or publications you like, and then it will spin up a feed based on similar sources and stories. You can thumb up or down as you go to refine your feed. Totally free and ad free. Try it now.

  • 8Tracks

    This was already my pick last week. I spent a week enjoying exploring playlists on my drive to work. This week I actually dove in and MADE some playlists of my own and had a bunch of fun. You guys should check out my playlists! I think they are great:

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  • Matt Taibbi

    Matt Taibbi is a writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He covers the financial world and its intersection with American politics, typically focusing on Wall Street. His ability to take complicated financial news and parse out the hypocrisy, inequality, and bravado of this sector of the American Economy is a service to us all in the wake of the financial collapse. Whereas Malone enjoys the droning dullness of The Economist, Taibbi’s blog at Rolling Stone is my pick of the week for AVDP style “in your face with the issues” reporting. Add it to your news rotation or die.



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  • What happened to good service?

    I feel like the bad experiences I have at restaurants far exceed the exceptional. I can recall many horrible experiences I have had just in the last 3 months. Is this just a matter of negativity bias or have servers let themselves go?

  • Sterilize children at birth?

    My idea, we sterilize all children at birth. The antidote is available over the counter to anyone who wants buy it and it is very affordable. Taking the antidote pill will make you fertile within 24 hours. For the sake of discussion let’s ignore any medical side effects and assume it works. The idea is to prevent unexpected pregnancy, remove the need to even discuss abortion, eliminate rape and drug pregnancies. Both the man and the woman would need to make themselves fertile so no one part could ever surprise the other with a baby. Adam and Yury both bring up the risk of misuse. What do you think?

  • Eliminate representatives, go direct democracy

    What if America moved to a direct democracy? Instead of electing representatives to vote on our behalf we simply vote on everything ourselves? You could go to some website and log in with your social security number and vote on all of the bills that are up that day, week or month. Adam and Yury both have strong reservations about it, but I think it’s a pretty great idea.

  • Plan your free time

    Free time, the older you get the rarer it becomes. Yury says he finds himself paralyzed by all of the things we wants to do with his free time when he finally gets it and instead of deciding and doing something he wastes his time thinking. He proposes an interesting solution, plan out your free time activities. At the start of the week plan out what you want to do that week. On Tuesday I will read my book, Wednesday I will play Mass Effect 2 etc… It is an great tip and I will be trying it.

  • The price of audiobooks

    Yury was shocked to find out the audio version of the book he is reading costs a whopping $50. How could the audio book cost so much when the book itself only costs $8? We discuss how and why the price of audio books compares to the price of other media like music or video.

  • Audiophiles are like germaphobes

    You know those guys that spend $500 dollars on a set of headphones or have that $35,000 speaker set up in their house? What is wrong with them right? I have a theory that they have the same derangement as germaphobic people. They have a heightened awareness of something that everyone knows, but they just can’t stop being fixated on it. In this case it’s high quality music.

Picks

  • 8 Tracks

    Enter content hereThis is a free music streaming service available on web and mobile. The differentiator of this service when compared to Spotify, Pandora and others is that all of the playlists are created by people. You can create your own playlists as usual, but the real focus is searching by genre and discovering other users playlists. There are also very few ads. It’s 100% free so check it out.

  • Hardcore History Podcast

    I have been a huge fan of Dan Carlin’s podcast since I listened to Wrath of the Khans which was a 7+ hours epic 5-part podcast series on the Mongols. Currently I am listening to a similarly epic history of World War 1. Sounds boring?! It isn’t. Carlin has a great style and amazing passion for what he is doing. It is amazing entertainment, which is also educational.

  • Pepsi’s hilarious rebranding documentation

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    Would you believe it if I told you this branding change cost tens of millions? Well it did, and everyone thought it was as ridiculous as you do right now. Somehow the “branding document” from Arnell (the agency responsible) was leaked and it is quite hilarious. You better take a look.

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  • Shadowmatic

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Mobile vs Console/PC Gaming

    I have strange feelings when it comes to mobile gaming. I am almost immediately turned off by mobile games with storylines. I would much rather play a score-buster type of game like Fruit Ninja or Tetris. On PC/Console I find storyline driven games more appealing. I like both genres just fine objectively, but I have strong medium preferences.

  • Mobile Spending Mentality

    People have no issue spending $10 on a crappy fast food meal or $1.99 on a bottle of soda, but when they have to pay $.99 on a mobile game they think twice. Why is that? The conversation bleeds a bit into the difference between android and iOS users. I reference this Jimmy Kimmel rant:

  • Video Game Guides

    Who is still buying video game guides? How is Prima, and other guide publisher, still around? Is it the parents who are unknowingly buying guides for their children when they pick up a game? We share some guide horror stories. Yury expands the topic a bit on how much he hates preorders.

  • Pandora

    I am confused how Pandora is still around and being successful. It seems strange to me that anyone still uses it despite Spotify and Rdio both offering “learning radio station” functionality while also letting you create and curate playlists for a similar monthly price. Yury brings up this application http://8tracks.com/ for users curated playlists.

  • Better Payed Teachers = Better Educated Students?

    Bill and Melinda Gates foundation ran an experiment in NYC paying a district of teachers $100,000+ salaries. The results showed better student development. Read article on Fast Company.

  • The Waiter Circle Jerk

    Do you ever ask yourself “How can I make myself less of a burden on my server?” when you go out to eat? If you do, luckily this server took it upon himself to let you know how you can stop dining like a douche. For example NEVER EVER wave a server down. He already knows you need him before you do. Also don’t order your appetizer before your entree. They hate that. Read the article on Thrillist.

Picks:

  • Dojo Slash

  • Edge of Tomorrow

  • The Fighter

  • The Babadook

  • John Wick

  • White Castle Veggie Sliders

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  • Thank for the reviews

    To all the lovely people that decided to give us 5-star reviews on iTunes we really appreciate it! It might take a while for you to get your gifts, but we promise we are thinking about something brilliant, be patient and keep listening. The offer still stands by the way. Show us proof that you are writing a review and you WILL get a gift mailed to you. This week special thanks is owned to Henry Reed, Dr. Seven Constanza and Patrick O’Neil.

  • Tipping

    Why do we tip some laborers but not others? Why dies Mr Green Mill get a tip when Mr Taco Bell does not? Is the world fair? Is America weird? We discuss our tipping practices and the practices in other countries.

  • Diamond Rings

    A listener writes in and asks how we feel about societal pressure to buy a diamond ring for your bride-to-be. I talk about my thought process behind purchased the the engagement ring I gave to my wife, and we discuss the diamond culture in America.

  • Hatred, the game

    This is obviously a disturbing game, but is it more disturbing that games we already play? If so, why? In Grand Theft Auto all I ever do is go on mindless killing sprees. I will be lucky to complete a single missions in a three-hour session, isn’t that worse than playing a game were mindless killing is the goal?

    Interview with developer via Polygon

  • Can humanity and artificial intelligence live in peace?

    An often-explored question in science fiction, me and Yury ask ourselves. What if artificial intelligence was a reality? Could our two life forms co-exist?

  • Play Doh dildo toy

    Not sure how this toy could get past even the most minor amount of scrutiny … it did. We discuss both the hilariousness of this toy and also the absurdity of the outrage.

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Picks:

  • Darius Kazemi

  • The Equalizer

  • 22 Jump Street

  • Noah



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Christmas Recap

    We discuss our Christmas highlights. The most successful and least successful gifts and family events. Also the thrilling conclusion to the story of the gift I gave to my parents.

  • Pornstar Parents

    What would it be like to discover that one (or both) of your parents were pornstars in the past? How would that effect a child’s high school and college life? I talk a bit about teen mom and her sex tape and how that will undoubtably effect her child.

  • Wolf of Wallstreet

    We discuss the movie and our thoughts. I bring up how this movie follows a similar structure to many other movies like Goodfellas, Casino, Blow, Catch Me If You Can and Scarface. Maybe this should be it’s own genre? Yury says this is a genre, it’s called a biopic. Maybe he is right.

  • The Hobbit

    I haven’t seen any of the hobbit movies, Yury has, and he also has some beef. How can a single book me made into three long movies? Why should it be? We also go into Peter Jackson’s fetishism for having characters in his movies wander aimlessly through forests.

  • Salespeople

    Have you ever discovered that someone is a salesperson after having a successful conversation? When this happens to me I get a very strange feeling. Can I actually take anything that was said in that conversation seriously? I think this feeling is similar to the feeling a homophobe gets when he discovers the person he is speaking with is gay: forced to question everything with a new potential ulterior motive.

Picks:

  • Cheaters

    This show is one of the most hilarious I have watched in a long time. At the same time though, it’s really sad.

  • Equalizer

    Yury says you should check this movie out.




Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP


    • Rape by Fraud

      New Jersey attempts to pass a law which will make lying to someone to convince them to have sex with you a rape. Yury brings up an interesting example of how if two twin brothers switch positions during sex with a single brothers wife is considered rape by fraud. We talk about the various implications of rape by fraud.

      Relevant link: The Drastic Overreach of the “Rape by Fraud” Bill

    • "The Interview" Pulled From Theaters

      A movie based on the assassination of a real and current political figure has been pulled from theaters. Was this movie ever a good idea? What are the implications of it being pulled?

      Relevant Link: Largest Movie Theater Companies Drop ‘The Interview’

    • Russian Superstitions

      If one person accidentally steps on another person’s foot, it is common for the person who was stepped on to lightly step on the foot of the person who stepped first. It is said that they thus avoid a future conflict.

      Many Russians consider giving gifts of sharp objects, like knives or scissors, to be taboo. This taboo may be avoided by the donor taking a symbolic payment, for example one Russian ruble, in exchange as if it is a trade, not a gift.

      It is often considered taboo to step over people, or parts of their body, who are on the ground. It is often said that it will prevent the person from growing (if they are not fully grown already). It is better to politely ask the person to move or to find a way around them. If one accidentally steps over a person (or people), it is sometimes standard to step backwards over them.

      Read more: Wikipedia – Russian Traditions and Superstitions

    • Russian Lullaby

      You think Russians are strange? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Take a look the lyrics of this song. No wonder babies cry.

    • List of Dope Law Movies

      Rainmaker, 12 Angry Men, Legally Blonde, My Cousin Vinny, A Few Good Men, To Kill A Mockingbird, Erin Brockovich, Philadelphia, Primal Fear, Kramer v. Kramer, Devil’s Advocate, People vs. Larry Flynt

    • Chocolate Diamonds

      Although I appreciate the genius in turning brown diamonds into “chocolate diamonds” on a marketing level, I feel like this needs to be addressed. Diamonds are already a scam, brown diamonds are the worst of the worst and they are being falsely advertised as rare or special. Don’t fall for it.

      Relevant Link: The Truth About Chocolate Diamonds

    Picks:

    • Marvel Contest of Champions

      Check out this free app on iOS or Android. It is simplified 2D fighting game with Marvel characters and tons of unlockables.

    • Maz Runner

    • Aerial Wallpapers

      Check out these awesome city maps from Rae|Nordico

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    • Interstellar

      Yury has been dragging his feet in watching Interstellar which has been blocking me from talking about why I hate it. Luckily Malone has seen Interstellar and so I take this opportunity to air my complaints.

    • Membership Cards

      Malone has a serious problem with being pushed into signing up for store memberships. What ever happened to just buying a shirt and being on your way?

    • Companies that get destroyed by unforeseen technological advances.

      Some companies got absolutely destroyed by the explosion of smartphones. Think of companies like low-end camera retailers (Kodoak, Minolta) and navigation companies (Nuvi, Garmin). Smartphones all but replaced the need for the service and hardware these companies provide. What makes the situation more complex is they didn’t lose to a competitor, they got totally blindsided by a new market.

    • Celebrity Freebies

      Everyone has a celebrity freely, what are yours? What are mine? What are Malone’s? You better listen to find out.

    • Chuck Klosterman Hyperthetical

      A novel titled Interior Mirror is released to mammoth commercial success (despite middling reviews). However, a curious social trend emerges: Though no one can prove a direct scientific link, it appears that almost 30 percent of the people who read this book immediately become homosexual. Many of these newfound homosexuals credit the book for helping them reach this conclusion about their orientation, despite the fact that Interior Mirror is ostensibly a crime novel with no homoerotic content (and was written by a straight man).

    Picks:

    • The Dark Knot Giveaway

      I am doing a giveaway on my Facebook page currently. Drop by and post a picture of your best Eldredge necktie knot and have a chance to win a free Dark Knot tie! That is a $45-$65 value and the owner of the brand himself will be selecting the winners. It’s easy and fun!

    • Edietty.com is back

      I am happy to announce that Edietty.com is back online with fresh stock. These guys sell special contrast ties that have detachable small ends. Each tie comes with three different colored small ends. Perfect for contrast knots. Drop by and check it out.

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    • Korean Hoodies

      This website ShermanCarter is selling the best hoodies ever and they are ultra cheap. They still have this “time is running out” timer going, but it’s been this way for over three days. Anyway I would still act now.

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    • Super Collider

      Adam recommends this little audio toy if you are looking for a good time.

      “SuperCollider is an environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition. It provides an interpreted object-oriented language which functions as a network client to a state of the art, realtime sound synthesis server.”

    • The Firm



    Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP


    • The "Cycle of Prolife" Comic

      This prolife propaganda comic has been popping up in my Facbook feed a few times and It makes me angry. I hate all of these memes that are created to simplify a very complex topic. I call this phenomena “pop corn politics.” It isn’t about me agreeing or disagreeing with the subject. It is more about the mindless re-sharing of this trash without actually thinking or talking about it.
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    • Monkeys and Bananas

      I do not remember how or why I read this anecdote but it demonstrates how a group of people can internalize a blind belief in something they have never experienced for themselves. The anecdote describes an experiment in which a group of monkeys is offered a banana, but when any monkey takes the banana all the monkeys are shocked. How do the monkeys deal with this situation?

    • Choose Your Own Adventure

      Yury reflects on the fun we had reading choose-your-own-adventure books. What ever happened to them? Can the choose your own adventure framework be applied to other media? Does letting the reader choose his adventure cheapen the story?

    • Antibacterial Soup

      Yury rages against America’s obsessions with going antibacterial. Is killing all bacteria, including the good ones, actually better than leaving some around? Are we creating strains of ultra bacterial that will soon be immune to everything and take over the world?

    • Loki and Chloe

      Yury’s girlfriend Chloe and new pup-pup Loki visit the podcast. Say hello to them and appreciate their adorableness.

    • The Garner Grand Jury

      How in the world did the grand jury not indict Daniel Pantaleo? Yury explains how a grand jury works and what the function is. Bottom line is a grand jury should pretty much ALWAYS indict. Especially when there is a case of a murder, and the murder is on tape. What is the world coming to? Should we execute the jury?