Recorded October 8 and 21. The breath powers: history, science, and creative implications.
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Is super breath its own power?
- First instances of super breath in the comics
- First instance of cold breath in the comics
- Adoption in adaptations
- How breathing works
- Applying strength
- World record techniques
- Does super breath implicate cold breath necessarily?
- Extinguishing fire
- Fire triangle / tetrahedron
- Vapor as fuel
- Cooling hot stuff
- Cold is not a property
- Blowing on your hand
- Unreliable sensation
- Alternative explanation
- Gas cooling catch-all
- Mathematical limitations
- Absolute Zero
- Absolute Hot
- Freezing air
- Gas heat transfer
- Extinguishing fire
- Magical Thinking
- Story reasons for the power
- Story reasons against the power
- Is it okay to question stories?
- Investing in reality for stories
- Truth catching up to fiction
- Science in fiction
- Teachable attitudes and interactions
- Magic and fantasy another time
…and much more!
Science of Superman (2006) | Warner Home Video
Nonexistent Objects Imaginary Worlds- Crash Course #29
Breathe! | Glenn Wolkenfeld
Great Wakkorotti | Animaniacs
Brian Jackson | Stan Lee’s Superhumans
Circular Breathing | Wikipedia
Only Vapors Burn 1947 Chemistry of Fire | US War Dept.
Liquid Nitrogen Grease Fire | Cody’s Lab
The Physics of The Impossible (2008) | Michio Kaku
First and Second Law of Thermodynamics | Flanders & Swann
Why does heat transfer from hot to cold? | Fact Tap
Substance of Silence | Stuff to Blow Your Mind
How Entropy Powers The Earth | Minute Physics
Misconceptions About Heat | Veritasium
What Is One Degree? | BBC
Why Is My Breath Hot? | Ask Science
Absolute Zero – Absolute Awesome | SciShow
What Does Liquid Nitrogen Do To Your Face | Grant Thompson
The Physics of Heat- Crash Course Physics #22
How Iceman Is Actually a Bomb! | Nerdist
Magical Thinking | Imaginary Worlds
Supergods | Grant Morrison
26 Facts on Family | Mental Floss
No. of questions kids ask daily | Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
Testimonials | Science & Entertainment Exchange
Aesthetics- Crash Course Philosophy #31
Superman The High Flying History (2012) | Larry Tye
Thermodynamics of Love (2009) | David Ng
Negative Temperatures are Hot | Sixty Symbols
Superman Memory Crystals | Physics World
The Science of Superman (2002) | Mark Wolverton
The Science of Superheroes (2002) | Gresh & Weinberg
The Science of Supervillains (2005) | Gresh & Weinberg
The Physics of Superheroes (2005) | James Kakalios
Superhero Powers Explained | University of Leicester
I’m aware of the no-communication theorem regarding spooky action.
Update: I’m still alive and still working on the podcast. There has just been several other good priorities and diversions over the show lately.
The next episode is about 2/3rds there. I’ve got the history and the science. I still have to finalize the squishy human-stuff.
Great new responsibilities mean I’ve got less and less time, but still plugging away. Some RRSSS for your consideration:
- Clark Kent Videogame Pitch | Impractical Jokers – I’d play it
- Batman Cosplay breaks records | Guinness – Costume gadgets
- St. Paul’s – Christopher Wren talk | Gresham College – “If you seek his monument…”
- Creating [Joker’s] Supercar from Scratch | Great Big Story – Kit car developer of Joker’s ride
- 10 Things We Didn’t Know 100 Years Ago | SciSchow – Perspective on Wonder Woman in World War I or Superman’s debut 78 years ago
- Arrival (2016) | Villenueve – Starring Amy Adams, based on a short story by my favorite scifi writer, Ted Chiang
- Nocturnal Animals (2016) | Ford – Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon
- Playing God | RadioLab – Ethical dilemmas of triage
- The Girl Who Doesn’t Exist | RadioLab – Being born in the U.S. on a farm without papers like Clark Kent
- Faking Your Own Death | Point of Inquiry – Industry, ease, and costs of faking your death like Clark Kent might
- Bring on the female superheroes! | TED – It’s time
- Researches Develop Tech To Read Closed Book | Associated Press – Superman power application becomes reality, “I can see your ID tag in your breast pocket…“
- IBM’s Watson Cut A Trailer | IBM – AI-driven presentations in MOS (Jor-El’s history lesson, Zod’s dreamscape)
- Is Inbreeding Really That Bad? | PBS Gross Science – Restarting the Kryptonian race
- The Plane Highway in the Sky | Wendover Productions – How we lose track of planes (and Superman) in the sky
- Why Can’t Mules Have Babies? | MinuteEarth – Human-Kryptonian Hybrids
- Faint Young Sun Paradox | MinuteEarth – Lost portions of deep history
- Elon Musk: How To Build The Future | Y Combinator – Fatalism and other Lex Luthor parallels
- How the Mona Lisa became so overrated | Vox – Historical critical reception
- Why Some People Are More Altruistic | TED – Humble lack of self-centered view, attainable by more of us
- .62 Politicians’ Mental Health | Sparks – The Goldwater Rule forbids the unethical mental diagnosis from afar (not personally examined, without consent)
- .63 Mental Health Stigma | Sparks – The stigmatizing effect of irresponsible mental diagnosis
- Undead Genes: Genetic Activation After Death | STBYM – Superman’s resurrection power and topic of an upcoming episode
- Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice Analysis | MediaMatters – See below
- Speed of Cliche Sayings | Daily Mail – See below
Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice Analysis | MediaMatters
MOSAIC Episode 49 will be out “when it’s done” but hopefully before the end of this month.
Recorded August 22nd. “What are you really up to?” The premise behind Task Force X as historically plausible. Amanda Waller’s sales pitch and intentions. FAQ run down.
“You notice these are criminals? They’re psychotic antisocial freaks. It makes no sense . . . I mean, you need real soldiers. Not these scumbags . . . What are you really up to?“
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Amazing Amanda Waller execution
- The Voice of God
- Sympathy for the Devil
- Weird weapons of war
- Project Habakkuk (ice ship) and Project X-Ray (bat bombs)
- David and Goliath and military innovation
- White House Situation Room
- What was pitched and what was actually bought
- People avoid uncertainty but actually like it
- Military Mafia connection
- Unethical human testing
- Why not heroes or soldiers
- Waller and Enchantress
- History of WMD management
- The Dirty Dozen and Filthy Thirteen
- Roy Benavidez
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can this Squad stop Superman?
- What is the purpose of the rest of the Squad?
- What use is Harley? Boomerang? Killer Croc? Slip Knot?
- What is Waller really up to?
- Why is Katana on the Squad?
- What is the Squad’s purpose generally?
- Why aren’t elite soldiers satisfactory to Waller?
- What is the Squad’s mission specifically?
- Who shot down the first helicopter?
- Why would you send another helicopter?
- Why was GQ and his men on this mission?
- Don’t they compromise the Squad’s covert status?
- Isn’t this expending soldiers for the Squad?
- Wouldn’t two squads of soldiers be better?
- Why couldn’t conventional soldiers win if bombs are effective?
- Why weren’t the supernatural siblings more effective?
- How did Deadshot set off the C4?
- Why did Bruce need Waller’s files?
- Where was The Flash?
- Why didn’t Waller destroy the heart immediately?
- Why didn’t Waller guard Enchantress more carefully?
To learn more:
Fighting Fire With Fire | Wikipedia
Project X-Ray (bat bomb) | Wikipedia
Project Habakkuk (ice ship) | Wikipedia
War In Heaven | Wikipedia
Penal Military Units | Wikipedia
The Dirty Dozen (1967) | IMDb
White House Situation Room | Wikipedia
Lucky Luciano’s deal | Wikipedia
Unethical human experimentation | Wikipedia
Command & Control | Eric Schlosser
Filthy Thirteen | Wikipedia
MSgt. Roy Benavidez | Wikipedia
A special first-draft since I’m away for the next month! So here’s the “assembly cut” in lieu of dividing it into three polished episodes.
Recorded August 12th. “Don’t worry, I still love you.” Suicide Squad, love & hate, critics, demographics, and punk rock.
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Suicide Squad art book the best yet
- Expectations first viewing
- Loving and not liking without contradiction
- Kevin Smith’s commitment
- “Anarchic punk rock art movie”
- Audience demographics opening week
- 81% of African Americans and Hispanics gave the film a positive score
- 76% of audience members under age 35 gave the film a positive score
- Batson Rule of jury selection applied to RT Top Critics
- Gender demographics of critics
- Giving critics appropriate weight
- Punk rock history
- Universal yearning
- Punk vs. Prog Rock
- Ayer’s punk-like courage
- Sincerity and reality
- Rebellion threatens establishment
- Improvisation and inspiration
- Effort, blood, sweat, and tears
- Ayer built a family
- Recognition over time
- Gladwell on Cézanne
- Marjorie Lui on diversity in comics
…and much more!
Interview with David Ayer | Empire
5 Reasons Why Suicide Squad Stayed At The Box Office | Meriah Doty
Suicide Squad Is The Most Diverse Superhero Cast Yet | Graphiq
You Don’t Own Me ft. G-Eazy | Grace
Rock & Roll – Punk (1995) | PBS
Episode 7: Hallelujah | Revisionist History
Marjorie Liu’s Monstress Pushes the Boundaries | New Yorker
“Naughty” – Matilda The Musical | Tim Minchin
I’m aware that “anarchic punk rock” is its own sub-genre within punk. 😛
Segments originally recorded March 29th, April 30th, and July 19th. Heroes Park monument, memorial, and the Superman statue.
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Motif of monuments, memorials, and memory throughout the film
- The Superman statue as political expedience
- A scar on the city
- National September 11 Memorial parallels
- Remember the city as it was, incorporating the city
- Impact of Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Maya Lin’s design, intention, and overcoming criticism
- The certainty of youth
- Chronological listing of names
- Names as a meaningful abstraction
- Symbols of the Wall
- Criticism over abstraction and ambiguity
- Critics can turn anything into a controversy
- Critics upset over the unexpected and unconventional
- Public grieving changed by Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Accessibility of art beyond the directly connected and invested
- Interpretation and understanding increasing appreciation of art
- Benefits of wonder and awe
- The pose, humility, and abstraction of the statue
- Do heroes have to be known or perfect to get a monument?
- Wallace Keefe’s objections to the statue
- Monuments versus the fluidity of history
- Keefe’s arrest as the central statement
- Superman’s feelings about the statue, being put on a pedestal
…and much more!
Sorry, I don’t have access to Doc’s notes. He’ll update the show notes with links after Suicide Squad.
Time Out Shortlist Metropolis & Gotham | Dan Wallace (editor)
Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film | Peter Aperlo
Maya Lin, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1982 | Smarthistory
American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Studio 360
Maya Lin and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Rear Window
Hidden Brain: Great Vacations and Awe | NPR
Heroes are good – let’s make statues of them | Nikolas Lloyd
ISIS destroys ancient artifacts in Mosul | CBS
A History of Controversial Monuments | Eveline van Rijswijk
8/8 – Thanks to H.H. for publishing the episode and moderating the site!
Recorded July 9th, less than 12 hours after viewing. First impressions to the Ultimate Edition of Batman v. Superman (via VUDU) after one continuous play through, skimming some extras, and going back to pause at select points.
Apologies in advance for the rambling sure to come! Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Overall Impressions
- Subtlety and symbolism of drinks as delusion
- Repetition, parallels, references, homage, call-backs, continuity
- Jimmy Olsen’s death and Clark Kent’s return
- Approaching BvS with mass resurrection in mind
- New rules for reality
- Justice League set visit excitement
- Recruitment reflecting negotiating with audience
- Realism reinvigorating comics in every era
- Heavy Metal magazine influence
- Smoother transitions
- Function of flamethrower in Nairomi
- New line says Lex Senior was a liar
- Perry White’s tragic story arcs
- Colorado flood rescue dilemma
- Superman’s public powers and limitations
- Lex’s kinship with Doomsday
- Knowing lets you go dark for the coming light
…and much more ramblings!
Secret Origin clip features Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne McDuffie, Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, Dan Didio, Denny O’Neil, Mark Waid, and Neil Gaiman.
7/22/16 Update: I figured out the logic of planning for the flamethrower. Not for the locals, the CIA, the press, for witnesses, or eliminating evidence. The burnt bodies gave Kahina the cover-story to excuse your lie in the eyes of Lois and Clark. Yes, Lex could have had Kahina lie about fire even if Anatoli didn’t burn bodies but then Lois and Clark would be on to Kahina immediately. They’d know she was lying. L&C might not be able to prove it, but it would get them investigating rather than doubting themselves. Lex ordered Anatoli to burn bodies because while L&C know Superman didn’t use heat-vision, they could still believe that Kahina would come to that conclusion and testify about it.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (4K Ultra HD) | Director: Zack Snyder
Justice League Set Visit Recap | Collider
Alexander The Great vs Ivan The Terrible | Epic Rap Battle
Diana’s treasure. Action 1, Detective 31, Detective 27, and Superman 1! | MOSanswers
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2009) | Narrator: Ryan Reynolds
What Is An Existential Crisis? | The School of Life
The Suicide Squadcast | Tim, Scott, and Brent
Justice League Universe Podcast | Sam and Alessandro
It may be a while until I have time to prepare an episode or record next. I’ll be traveling for work, I have new additions for a new edition due, vacation plans, etc. I’d like to do a Flash focused episode or Suicide Squad spotlight. Maybe. The courts get busy before people start disappearing on their Summer breaks, so my attention is a bit split. There’s a ton of stuff to enjoy from the Ultimate Edition trailer, Rebirth, to Suicide Squad spots and merchandise, to Rick Famuyiwa filmography, etc. so you’re spoiled for choice!
Please support the DC TV Podcasts: Spinal Cort Research Fundraiser, this Saturday, June 11th.This is a great cause and a fun podcast event!
Here’s some RRSSS:
- Why I Broke Up With The Little Mermaid | Jesse Eisenberg
- Little Mermaid: Cry with the Saints | Myths & Legends Podcast
- Silicon Valley people need thicker skin | Nick Denton, Gawker | Recode
- Existentialism – Philosophy #16 | CrashCourse
- Artificial Intelligence | Elon Musk | Recode
- We are already cyborgs | Elon Musk | Recode
- Is life a video game? | Elon Musk | Recode
- Collisions: Crash Course Physics #10 | CrashCourse
- What Are You? | Kurzgesagt
- Returning Home From Life In Space | Great Big Story
- Event Horizon: How Space Changes Your Perspective On Life | Great Big Story
- Who Governs Space? | Completely Optional Knowledge
- The Astronaut Who Got Sued By NASA | Motherboard
- This is What Outer Space Does to Your Body | Great Big Story
- Deciphering the Secrets of Codex Seraphinianus | Great Big Story
- How the Voynich Manuscript Works | Stuff You Should Know
- BvS Word Frequency Analysis of Proper Nouns (Theatrical Subtitles)
- How Much everyone Working On a $200 Million Movie Earns | Vanity Fair
- King Tut’s dagger was ‘made from a meteorite’ | CNN
- Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain – Episode Four: Bob Kramer | Raw Craft
- A Sword Fit For Kings: Forging Real Life Valyrian Steel | Great Big Story
- Ulfberht swords | Wikipedia
- Damascus steel | Wikipedia
- NOVA Secrets of the Viking Sword | PBS
- Solution to the Grandfather Paradox | MinutePhysics
- 3 Surprising Creativity Tests feat. Vsauce! | BrainCraft
- How does laser cooling work? | Physics Girl
- Is energy always conserved? | Physics Girl
- 6 Algorithms That Can Improve Your Life | Note to Self
- Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems | Thomas Povey
- How Does CatDog Poop? (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill) | Nerdist
- How Superheroes Phase Through Walls Is All Wrong! | Nerdist
- Is Quantum Tunneling Faster than Light? | Space Time
- What’s the Value of a Life? | BrainCraft
- The Buried Bodies Case | Radiolab
- The Dark Souls of Idea Channel Episodes | PBS Idea Channel
- Superman vs Muhammad Ali | Denny O’Neil & Neal Adams
- Meet The Artist ’15: Rick Famuyiwa | Sundance Film Festival
Our introduction to Kryptonite in Batman v. Superman, its properties and use.
Getting into the science of minerals, materials, radiation, and projectiles. Why make a Kryptonite spear? Why not Kryptonite bullets, blades, or bludgeons?
Something more meaningful than the gift of a Kryptonite ring.
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Properties of a mineral
- Properties of Kryptonite
- Weaponizing Kryptonite
- Why Kryptonite glows
- Kryptonian bio-interactions
- Wisps of smoke during scalpel cut
- Radioactive half-life
- Biological half-life
- Ballistic penetration
- Lightsaber design language
- In praise of production design
- Pathology of Kryptonite gas
- Entrusting Kryptonite
- How to give hope
…and a bonus round of random topics:
- What altitude did Superman?
- Super-speed stories
- Bringing Clark back
- DC Rebirth
Minerals and Blades
Botryoidal mineral texture | Wiki
BvS Spoiler Special with Zack Snyder | Empire Podcast
Stone Blade Surgery | PBS
Obsidian Surgery Scalpels | CNN
Glass Knife | Wiki
Diamond Knife | Wiki
Diamond LaserKnife | ASDS
The Batman Superman Movie | WB Animation
Silver Bullet | Wiki
Radioactivity: Expect the unexpected – Steve Weatherall | TED-Ed
Is radiation dangerous? – Matt Anticole | TED-Ed
How does radiation sickness work? | BrainStuff
The Radium Girls | SciShow
Army Special Forces: “Silent Warriors” (1961) | US Army
Modern Crossbow vs. Modern Body Armor | twangNbang
Momentum, Kinetic Energy, & Arrow Penetration | Dr. Ashby
Tungsten: The perfect metal for bullets | BBC
Firewalking | Wiki
Discoveries from the Inside – Designing the Lightsaber | Star Wars
Return of the Jedi Fake Script Story| Howard Kazanjian
FN SCAR® Mk 13 EGLM | FN
Alpha Particle | Wiki
Not sure when I’ll have time to record next. It would be thematic to do a Martha episode for Mother’s Day but I’ve other commitments the next few weeks. I have a bunch of notes about Lara and Martha but not compiled enough for an episode yet.
Though Lara is only in the Krypton sequence, she’s given more to do with more significance than you might initially think. Even as she expresses doubt and fear, she’s ultimately the one who makes the active decision to launch Kal-El after bravely completing the first natural birth on Krypton in centuries. Lara is the one that faces her husband’s killer and his threats at sentencing and has to face the end of Krypton a widow and without her child. Some interesting stuff in that before and after when you unpack it. Martha, meanwhile, is a strong and nurturing mother who eventually needs an episode because there’s so much to say. For now, simply:
Happy Mother’s Day!
So until next time, an extra helping of RRSSS to help tide you over. (Also be sure to check out all the other great DC podcasts out there!)
Superman – Character Development, Approach, Psychology, etc.
- Overcoming Bad Inner Voices | School of Life
- The Case For Optimism | TED Radio Hour
- How to Get More Grit in Your Life | Freakonomics
- Early Christian Schisms – I: Before Imperium – Extra History | Extra Credits
- Proverbs | The Bible Project
- Who IS Sherlock Holmes? – Neil McCaw | TED Ed
- Captain America’s Biggest Flaw | Desmond Drake
- Captain America: The Secret DARK History Of The First Avenger | Screen Rant
Appreciating DC Films through Science, History, Philosophy, Film, etc.
- Myths and Truths About Tornadoes | Stuff You Should Know
- Should We Give Homeless People Homes | The Inquiry
- World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements | John Hunter
- How To Understand A Picasso | Evan Puschak
- Should you trust unanimous decisions? – Derek Abbott | TED-Ed
- .44 An Unusual Pattern | What’s The Point
- Do Invincible Creatures Exist? | Completely Optional Knowledge
- Episode 29: Traffic | Hidden Brain
- Episode 12: Omnibot | Flash Forward
- Does grammar matter? – Andreea S. Calude | TED-Ed
- Vigilantism and Lynching | Engaging Etymology
- Why is being scared so fun? – Margee Kerr | TED-Ed
- How To Fake Your Own Death – EPIC HOW TO | AWE Me
- Frozen Faith: Cryonics and The Quest to Cheat Death | Motherboard
- The Science of Rendering Photorealistic CGI | Filmmaker IQ
- Humans: New & Improved | Imaginary Worlds
- Speed of sound in movies | Lindybeige
- The Great War | The Great War
- BATLEXANDER MANILTON (Hamilton + Batman Parody) | Turtle Cameron
- HAMILTON Ham4Ham with J.J. Abrams 5/4/16 | Howard Sherman
- DC Legion of Collectors: DC TV Teaser | DC Entertainment
- Sneak Peek at DC Universe: The Exhibit | WB Studio Tour
- MasterChef Australia | Ten
- Triangle of Power | 3Blue1Brown