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Sunday hangout: gaming in the galaxy

Episode 30 of STGBOT is yet another with special guest Alex Monroe

Alex’s percussion group isn’t doing anything during quarantine. There’s a lot of work that goes into the trending zoom-music performances people might be familiar with. 

We talked about the fatigue of video chats/conferences/calls all the time and wanting to get away from the computer. 

On the other hand… we really love this game called Elite Dangerous, and then Rob offers a bit of comparison to No Man’s Sky, and the real life scientific tool called Gaia Sky

Links to the games in their respective order:

https://www.elitedangerous.com/buy/steam/elite-dangerous-cmdr-deluxe-edition

https://www.nomanssky.com/

http://gaia-sky.readthedocs.io

the lore tour Alex was talking about

Finally, if you’re bored of all those topics, skip to the 50 minute mark where we have questions for YOU, listener. Email Rob your responses. 

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Sunday hangout: not so technical, don’t worry

This time we switch gears and get into other topics.

To be honest, I edited this a week ago and have no idea what we talk about.

Enjoy!

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Sunday hangout: a boring, technical episode

Yeah being honest here. Alex and Rob just talk about computer specifications for about an hour as Rob just purchased a fully-upgraded iMac and Alex debates getting a new laptop or desktop.

Feel free to skip this one.

In the mean time!! Send us a tweet already 😉

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Sunday hangout: Movie Music, The Revenant

The Revenant: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a soundtrack album for the 2015 film, The Revenant, composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto with additional music by Bryce Dessner.

Source: The Revenant (Soundtrack) wikipedia

In this episode, Alex and Rob discuss the music from The Revenant. It’s minimal, but intense. Spartan, necessary, and profound.

See also: Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (imdb link)

Let us know what you think of this new venture! We might spawn off a new podcast along these lines. We’d also like to hear any requests of something to watch/listen to next time.

robrogan [at] gmail.com or @sorrytopic on Twitter, and of course our Telegram group!

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Quarantine Crossing

Josh and Rob catch up (finally!) and talk about tech, of course, but also why Josh doesn’t play video games, and other fascinating subjects.

Grab a nice cup of something, put on your headphones, and enjoy the show while staring at a wall.

Almost missing our commute at this point.

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Sunday hangout: Classic games, Star Wars

Alex and Rob talk about some games they’ve loved in the past because Rob started playing Diablo III again.

Have you played Age of Empires? It’s one of our favorites.

Later we get on the topic of Star Wars and some of the story lines we might be missing (or could see in the future).

Finally, we hit on an idea for a new podcast that we’ll experiment with here. Alex and Rob will watch a movie and then have a discussion about the soundtrack and its composer!

Next Sunday Hangout will be about The Revenant.

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BONUS – Letters #2 Life

Dear Listener,

In this episode, I received four letters in response to a letter of mine that was part statement and part question. Picking up where Habiba concluded the previous episode, I thought about the connection or disconnection of work and life. I asked Habiba to respond and invited three others to contribute their thoughts as well.

Note:
This is episode will be released in two parts. In this first part, you’ll hear from Habiba and Mike. In Episode 03, you’ll hear Nick and Crystal.

All the best,
Rob
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Sunday hangout: teaching, tea, & tech debate

Hi everyone, no notes today because… I’m lazy.

If you’d like notes, or they are helpful to you, let us know and I’ll do better next time!

-Rob

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Sunday hangout: starting a business, future music, & tech stuff

Alex and Rob got together again on Sunday afternoon to catch up and just talk about whatever is on their minds.

Unavoidably, the first bit is about Coronavirus news impacting all of our lives. If you’ve had enough of that, feel free to skip up to 6 minutes, because there’s an update about Josh and COVID-19.

After that bit, you can also skip ahead to about 19 minutes where we get into the meat of the discussion.

Alex is the co-founder of Beyond This Point, a non-profit experimental percussion group. Rob asks about how you actually start something like that, and more broadly how a non-profit works.

A Buddhist monk that left his friend hangin… leads to a longer discussion about movie endings that leave you hanging (often for a good reason).

Can you think of examples where the future of music is represented in film? Usually science fiction speculates on the future of technology, social norms, and even fashion, but is it impossible to create speculative/futuristic music?

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Sunday hangout: let’s try to talk about something else

A few minutes in the beginning Rob shares how this pandemic is taking a toll on him, but this doesn’t need to be a downer episode!

Alex and Rob talk about remote work, the pros and cons of it, and how he is adapting to teaching music online and being creative with a virtual group of people.

Rob talks about his affinity for all kinds of technology that creates a sense of shared space, like Zoom, Echo Show with a faraway friend, and other tools.

We ponder about how else these drastic times might create a positive culture shift.

Links to specific apps and sites mentioned:

Zoom

Houseparty

Berlin Philharmonic – Digital Concert Hall (giving free membership if signing up before March 31)

IDAGIO (has free plan)

*Note if you are using Spotify, they don’t support links. Either try a “real” podcast app, or visit our site:

https://joshandrob.com

Also feel free to say hello to @sorrytopic on Twitter, or maybe we can all Zoom together!