This week, we put on our lady pant suits and settle in to enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast as we discuss Industry Conferences. Why should you care enough to listen? You'll have to listen to find out. Catch 22.
This week we break down artificial neural networks. This field of study has two of our favorite things: systems that aren't as complicated as they pretend to be, and diagrams with lots of circles and arrows!
Other important topics discussed:
- A Hall & Oates & Ke$ha supergroup
- Are neti pots a must or a must-not?
- The inanity of childhood taunts
This week we push ourselves to the limits of excitement talking about stock photos! Our main focus is on our vote for the worst stock photo ever, shown above (or, if you're reading this in a feed reader, shown on the blog).
Also popping in this week is the estimable writer and comedian, Kevin Lee! He was once in a stock photo - a stock photo in which he got to burst through a wall with a pizza box, no less!
Fig 1. Kevin Lee's Stock Photo
- Can you top the world's worst stock photo? There's nothing we'd more love to see than a vastly improved recreation of this awful awful photo. Do it and send us an email!
- Did you hear about the University of Wisconsin photoshopping a black person into a college application booklet to look more diverse? It turns out this is a real thing that happened, and not just an Onion article!
- Kevin Lee is part of The Sunday Service. Their podcast is a lot of fun!
- The episode of Stop Podcasting Yourself on which Kevin Lee's stock photo is made mention
- Captain Planet, whose team is very diverse
- Some stock photos of women laughing alone with salad
This week, we're talking about Hedgehogs, and with good reason. Why are we compelled to keep pets that can hurt us? Why must we love as much as we do? We don't have an answer, but we have a podcast.
The totally-100%-non-biased graph as promised that finally, once and for all establishes without a shadow of a doubt, what is quantitatively the best pet!
By the way, we know you disagree. We'd love to know how exactly. Facebook, e-mail, twitter, there's so many ways to tell us we're wrong. If you're curious, here's how we came up numbers. Companionship was averaged from a pretty small survery with 0 being the least emotionally available and 10 being the most. Functionality was based off of how many tasks the pet can perform for you (guiding, herding, fiber, etc.) that will not lead to the pet's premature death (i.e. fighting, meat). Finally, maintenance is based off of boarding/mat'l costs we found online. Argue away gang!
This week is all about IKEA, the furniture megastore / unstoppable lifestyle machine.
More broadly, we talk about consumer culture versus individual expression, and also funny Swedish names.