Tag: the expanse

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 30 – It’s Been a Long Road

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Has Left the Bubble
avatar David M. Nicholas
Has a Clogged Intake Manifold

Show Notes

We enter a new year, but Geek News Radio stays the same as always. This episode, we bring you Elite news, predictions for the year and talk about The Expanse.

We start the show off with our usual overview of what we’ve been up to and explain why it took us so long to get back on the air. Good news: You can now listen to the show comfortably on your Sonos via TuneIn.

On Dave’s initiative, we give you some predictions for the current year:

There’s a Necromunda video game coming. In other news, Brian Krebs thinks he has figured out who authored the Mirai botnet.

We also review our Bullet Journal experience so far and Fab talks about the new Expanse book Babylon’s Ashes.

One topic keeps coming back to us through the whole episode: Just why is Enterprise such a good show? We attempt an answer.

We move on to Elite news: The Thargoids are coming and there’s a Kickstarter on for a pen and paper RPG set in the Elite universe. Meanwhile Fab’s joined the Hutton Orbital Truckers.

Fab also talks about his trip to Jaques Station in Colonia.

At the end of the show, we mention the GNRBBL and then wrap up with your feedback.

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 28 – Pro-Penis Patch

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Is Pro-Penis
avatar David M. Nicholas
Loves Microsoft

Show Notes

This time around, Dave and Fab bring you a lot of hobby talk: Blood Bowl, Warhammer and White Dwarf. But they also talk tech news and spaceships.

Trump it is. We’re all screwed. The End Times indeed. In other bad news, the great Leonard Cohen has died.

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen

But we also have some good news: Season 2 of The Expanse is coming to Syfy on 8 February.

If you want to know what the current date in 40K notation is, Fab’s got you covered. Also: EVE Online is now free! Wooohoo! Maybe Fab will finally stick with it now. Their berets leave much to be desired, though.

EVE Berets

In other news, hell has frozen over! And a Hello Games designer who used to work for Molyneux is combo-chaining clusterfucks, he has gone to work at Star Citizen.

Next, it’s hobby talk. There’s a brand new Warhammer community site and Total Warhammer is coming to Linux. We talk Blood Bowl and Fab reviews the November issue of White Dwarf. Meanwhile, GNR collaborator Joe Ward has been featured on the GW site as part of #PaintingWarhammer.

Joe #PaintingWarhammer

Dave is now a fan of Microsoft’s tech support. He’s not a fan of upgrading his Ubuntu server, though. Also: Ghost in the Shell.

Scarlett Johansson, Ghost in the Shell

As always, the show ends with your feedback.