EPISODE #2 - Ready player one

Geek culture writer, and host of the Blurbing It podcast, Monica Piluso joins the show to drink copious quantities of Pinot Grigio and discuss Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Topics include: geek culture, escaping reality, serial killers, cults, virtual reality, social identity, video game addiction, mythology, and being a woman in the geek culture dominated by men.

http://www.allgeektome.net/category/podcast/blurbing-it/

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0:00:00 - Introduction

0:03:13 - Professional geek

0:05:46 - Nerd renaissance

0:06:44 - Booze: Pinot Grigio - Rex Goliath (cock and all), Turning Leaf, and Woodbridge

0:07:50 - Nostalgia sandwiches, the deep dark nonfiction abyss, and the need for fantasy

*Note: 400 books was inaccurate, it’s probably more like 300. Here’s my goodreads account which I started in May 2017. (Friend me and make recommendations!)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/67724644-john-leven

0:10:57 - Serial killer videos, and more!

Richard Kuklinski HBO Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjTYwZKuyBs

H.H. Holmes being exhumed in Philly!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Holmes

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/05/body-h-h-holmes-americas-1st-serial-killer-exhumed-amid-rumors-escaped-execution.html

The wiki page mentioned by John

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serial_killers_by_number_of_victims

Jonestown suicide debate audio - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peoples_Temple_Cult_Death_Tape_Q042.ogg

Heaven’s Gate Cult sign off videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=wHz9it70TdI

0:19:34 - Book intro, the OASIS, and the hunt for the Easter Egg

DICKS EVERYWHERE: Sexual references in early Disney films

http://www.movie-moron.com/wp-content/gallery/top-10/disney-subliminal-messages-2.jpg

0:24:16 - Star Wars and the Philadelphia Eagles Easter Egg

https://sports.yahoo.com/news/philadelphia-eagles-references-pepper-last-two-star-wars-movies-152842115.html

0:25:18 - Ready Player One Intro Attempt #2

0:27:34 - OFF-TOPIC: Harry Potter and the Fake Audiobook

0:28:42 - Ready Player One Intro Attempt #3 + Perzival

0:33:06 - Virtual Reality vs Real life

0:36:25 - Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO’s) and video game addiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHmC2D0_Hdg

http://infinigeek.com/reality-vs-virtual-reality-the-fine-line-between-you-and-your-online-persona/

Supergamers Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyPLVMPBUE4

Korean Couple lets child starve to death

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/mar/05/korean-girl-starved-online-game

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1739601,00.html

Similar American Story: https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-mom-gets-25-years-starving-daughter-145411042.html

Grand Theft Auto Murderer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devin_Moore

0:44:15 - Facebook identity

Couple goes broke traveling quit jobs on facebook

https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/reality-check

0:46:42 - On Virtual Reality being particularly attractive to the socially marginalized

0:50:06 - A 7 year old, minecraft, and John’s first uncomfortable brush with old age

0:53:04 - SEX! SEX! SEX!

http://mashable.com/2016/01/08/naughty-america-vr-porn-experience/#goKc2T40CPq7

Could awesome sex VR potentially save long-term relationships? Improve education? Prevent war?

0:59:34 - Nick Bostrom’s awesome work

https://www.amazon.com/Superintelligence-Dangers-Strategies-Nick-Bostrom/dp/1501227742

https://www.amazon.com/Global-Catastrophic-Risks-Nick-Bostrom/dp/0199606501/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

EVERYTHING (especially religion) in human history is a kind of VR/Escapism (inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s amazing work)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/08/virtual-reality-religion-robots-sapiens-boo

K

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/reality-and-the-imagination

https://www.amazon.com/Homo-Deus-Brief-History-Tomorrow/dp/0062464310/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1494487845&sr=8-3&keywords=Yuval+Noah+Harari&linkCode=sl1&tag=httpbayoure09-20&linkId=73d3d25febe07edce13b1b876a9315af

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/15123488-religion-as-virtual-reality

1:02:40 - Joseph Campbell (badass), mythology, and the hero’s journey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey#Criticism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLUgZhLJCHk

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/28/what-makes-a-hero-joseph-campbell-monomyth/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqIJUJmnc-Y

https://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Faces-Collected-Joseph-Campbell/dp/1577315936

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Myth-Joseph-Campbell/dp/0385418868

https://www.amazon.com/Siddhartha-Hermann-Hesse/dp/0553208845/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VACEK007GNPHKY67GAA3

1:12:41 - Monica: The Sequel - American Gods

1:13:25 - Art3mis, online dating, and being a woman in gaming

1:20:00 - Sixers, the secret plan, and the epic final battle (streamline?)

1:35:26 - Haliday’s regret

1:37:39 - Ready Player One - The Movie Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=k9r-zcCk6J8