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.
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!)
0:10:57 - Serial killer videos, and more!
Richard Kuklinski HBO Interview
H.H. Holmes being exhumed in Philly!
The wiki page mentioned by John
Jonestown suicide debate audio - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peoples_Temple_Cult_Death_Tape_Q042.ogg
Heaven’s Gate Cult sign off videos
0:19:34 - Book intro, the OASIS, and the hunt for the Easter Egg
DICKS EVERYWHERE: Sexual references in early Disney films
0:24:16 - Star Wars and the Philadelphia Eagles Easter Egg
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
Korean Couple lets child starve to death
Similar American Story: https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-mom-gets-25-years-starving-daughter-145411042.html
Grand Theft Auto Murderer
0:44:15 - Facebook identity
Couple goes broke traveling quit jobs on facebook
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!
Could awesome sex VR potentially save long-term relationships? Improve education? Prevent war?
0:59:34 - Nick Bostrom’s awesome work
EVERYTHING (especially religion) in human history is a kind of VR/Escapism (inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s amazing work)
1:02:40 - Joseph Campbell (badass), mythology, and the hero’s journey
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