Tag: books

GNR 36 – Immortal Jellyfish

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Has Strict Mail Filters
avatar David M. Nicholas
Speaks Brummie
avatar Nick Farmer
Speaks Abruzzese

Show Notes

Nick Farmer joins us to talk about his book The Survivors, Belter, The Expanse and how to learn a language.

We have fan-favourite Nick Farmer back on the show, star of our most listened-to episode so far. Nick is the creator of the Belter language for The Expanse and also speaks a lot of languages.

But before talking about all of that, we interview Nick about the novella novelette he just published: The Survivors. He provided Fab with an advance review copy and we discuss the story, how he went about writing it and what it may lead to in the future. Also: immortal jellyfish.

We then talk a bit about Season 2 of The Expanse, which just wrapped up. Including Thomas Jane and his hatred of shoes. Finally, Nick gives us some tips on learning languages, as requested by you, the listeners. He wrote some articles on this. You might want to try the Pimsleur method.

If you have questions for Nick for the next time he’s on, get in touch.

GNR 32 – Reverse Hardness

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Lives in Elite Dangerous
avatar David M. Nicholas
Wishes He Had Green Raisins

Show Notes

The Roci’s ready to roll. We’re wearing onesies and we’re talking The Expanse, Elite and really old video games.

A crazy show needs crazy attire, so we made the onesie the official, on-brand clothing of this episode of Geek News Radio. This is why Dave is wearing a custom made fox onesie.

Meanwhile, Fab’s in his Elite Dangerous flight suit.

Fab thinks pretty much the best name for anyone ever is Wubbo Ockels. Also, if you don’t like spoilers for The Expanse (in its book or TV form), use the time codes in the audio player above to skip ever the next segment.

We discuss the first two episodes of season 2 of The Expanse, which are amazing.

We follow up with more Expanse things as Fab reviews Babylon’s Ashes. There are now Expanse comics, too.

A year after Fab reviewed the game, Dave finally picked up XCOM 2. He likes it. We also talk about Elite Dangerous again, because it’s the only game Fab plays now.

Speaking of Elite, Fab gives an impression of the Elite Dangerous RPG, which now got funded. You can learn more about it on this episode of Lave Radio.

Dave talks about The Man in the High Castle and Fab gets finicky about uniforms.

We finish the show with answers to your questions.

GNR 29 – Tanksplaining

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Lost Many Brain Cells
avatar David M. Nicholas
Is Generally Lost
avatar Charlene Putney
Lost the Will to be Agile

Show Notes

Geek News Radio turns one and Char returns. We talk Blood Bowl, Westworld and home-made Baileys.

GNR just tuned one year old and to celebrate, we got Char on again. But before we get to her topics, we cover some errata from Episode 28: There are indeed penises in Watch Dogs 2, but they are mostly disappointingly small.

In a real surprise move, No Man’s Sky actually got an update. Also, the Advertising Standards people are saying the developers didn’t mislead buyers. Interesting assessment, that one…

Char says we should all go along to the Global Game Jam in January. She says it’s no excuse if we can’t program. Damn. She’s also been playing HackMUD and Moon Hunters. Dave’s been playing Heroes of the Storm (aka. Dota for People with Jobs). Meanwhile, Fab’s been covering the Telekom crisis in Germany.

If you are part of Cicada 3301 please contact us. We have something you want.

Pulling her full weight as an Irishwoman, Char brings us her recipe for Vegan Baileys. You can also make it with real milk, if you hate cows:

Vegan Baileys (yield: ~4 cups)

Ingredients:

– 2 cans of coconut milk
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 3/4 cup strong coffee, or to taste
– 3/4-1 cup Irish Whiskey, or to taste
– pinch of salt

Instructions:

1. In a medium or large pot, add the cans of coconut milk and whisk. Now whisk in the sugar. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, while stirring frequently, until it cooks down and thickens slightly.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the espresso or coffee. Don’t have a coffee maker? Just buy a cup from the coffee shop and use that. Add in espresso/coffee to taste.
3. Add a pinch of salt and finally the whiskey, to taste. I added about 3/4 + 2 tbsp of whiskey and it was strong, but so is the original! Make it as strong or weak as you prefer.
4. Store in sealed jars and serve over ice, with coffee or tea, or in baked goods. The whiskey and espresso settles to the bottom of the jar slightly, so give it a good stir before using.

Dave then mutters something about “these fucking plastic packs that Netrunner comes in these days”, whatever that means.

Next, we talk Blood Bowl. Glorious Blood Bowl! Fab’s really proud of his Gorbad Greenskins and the new edition of the game is great and Games Workshop seems to finally come to its senses. They even look like they are beginning to get the internet. Including the part where they are having some fun with it.

A brave new world. Amazing.

We also talk books. Including Blood Bowl books, the new Expanse book and Dave tells us how he liked Hyperion and Redshirts.

Finally, Char pitches Westworld to us. Fab’s still missing Yul Brynner, but wants to see it now.

To cap off the show, we cover your feedback.

Including this website that analyses Metal album covers. Also this band. Wow.

Well, that’s it for this year, folks. We’ll see you again in 2017. Until then: Hack that planet.

GNR 25 – Choose the Oud

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Probably Indian
avatar David M. Nicholas
Mr. Welshman
avatar Charlene Putney
RTL Guru

Show Notes

The multi-talented Char joins us to talk writing for Divinity: Original Sin 2, board games and right-to-left geekery.

Bolt Thrower announced that the band is no more. Was it us?

Fab thanks @amokleben for sending him coffee and enthuses over Alestorm.

DGR 2016 Hamburg

He also took part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Hamburg over the weekend – it was a lot of fun. The bikes stretched all across the Köhlbrandbrücke.

Köhlbrandbrücke

Dave and Char discuss Duelyst. It’s a card game. Without actual cards. Dave then reports of his experience at EVE_NT in Nottingham.

Apparently, Games Workshop now does live streams. Live Streams that are eleven fucking hours long.

And they are releasing Russ. Or is it Fulgrim in a wolfskin suit? Bard probably has an opinion on that.

In the spirit (ha ha) of getting even more drunk on the show, we discuss game-themed cocktails. If you want to get it burning, use Stroh Rum. Once the mist clears, you’ll have a hell of a Hangover.

Dave and Char recommend some nice board games. Some of them don’t even use boards. Fab would like to try some, but sadly, he has no friends. He also tells the story of how Risk nearly destroyed his life twice.

Divinity: Original Sin II

Since Char is a writer on Divinity: Original Sin II, we discuss the game. And its name. Which is almost as bad as Chasm: The Rift. Fab and Dave get chastised for having made their own character. The thing to do is pick Ifan – and the Oud, of course.

Fab and Dave discover that they don’t read as much fantasy books as they should. Char is writing a fantasy book herself and recommends some. There’s a handy list on a Kickstarter update from Larian Studios. It isn’t fantasy, but Dave bough the novel Hyperion live on the show on Char’s recommendation order.

We end the episode with Fab ignoring your feedback.

Also: Cheeky Nandos.

GNR 5 – Bitcoin is Fucked

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Has One Last Question
avatar David M. Nicholas
Believes in the Greater Good

Show Notes

This time on GNR, we talk about the recent troubles in the Bitcoin community, Dave reviews Guitar Hero Live and Fab gives his impressions on Star Wars VII. There’s more than two hours of show here and, as usual, lots of other things get covered too.

Both Dave and Fab have released The Kraken. And they thank Bytemark for keeping the servers running.

We had a lovely time playing Rocket League and would like to repeat the experience with you, the listener! Please join our Discord server if you are interested. Speaking of video games, Dave reviews Guitar Hero Live for us and compares it to similar games. Oh yeah, there are Blu-Rays of The Expanse coming

Fab then talks about Mike Hearn’s recent opinion piece on the Bitcoin community. It all seems to be about block sizes. Is Bitcoin fucked now? Probably. Maybe not.

If you think we swear too much, meet the master:

Fab has controversial opinions on Star Wars VII. He thinks it’s too retro and the copying of Episodes IV – VI went way too far. Also, there are the usual J. J. Abrams problems with loose ends, things that make no sense and deus ex machina. Fab’s rather watching some more Columbo. Dave’s happy about Robot Wars coming back.

Before we end the show, we answer your emails and tweets. We are especially excited about this tweet by Nick Farmer, who created the Belter language for The Expanse:

The books we mentioned are: The Horus Heresy series, the The Dresden Files, Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, Otherland, the Culture series by Ian M. Banks and stuff by Peter F. Hamilton.

See you in two weeks. Until then, keep Dan in your thoughts.