Episode 8: He Looks Like a Naked Mole Rat

He Looks Like a Naked Mole Rat

Joe, Michael, and our first-time guest, Rusty, discusss Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’: the thought-provoking story about the relationships of Theodore Twombly. This lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his computer’s OS that is designed to behave like a sentient being. ‘Her’ stars Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, and Chris Pratt.

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  • ‘Her’ on Rotten Tomatoes

    Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.

  • Siri

    Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more.

  • Red Letter Media video review

    Mike and Jay celebrate cinema’s greatest month by seeing The Legend of Hercules and then try to make up for that by seeing Spike Jonze’s latest film Her.

  • I, Robot

    In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

  • ‘Her’ trailer

  • Director Spike Jonze

    A notoriously shy prankster with a penchant for skateboarding and tall tales, Spike Jonze might not have been the most obvious candidate for "most promising director" or "best first feature" status.

  • Starring Joaquin Phoenix

    Staying true to his last name, Joaquin Phoenix has made a career out of making a couple of films, disappearing, and then reappearing from the ashes to rise upward toward greater glory.

  • Also starring Amy Adams

    Adams decided on a professional acting career, and appeared in several films, including Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Cruel Intentions 2 (2000). She has also guest-starred in such television shows as The Office, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The West Wing and Smallville

  • And Scarlett Johansson

    Universally known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson has actually been acting professionally since the age of eight. A native of New York City, where she was born on November 22, 1984

  • And Chris Pratt was in it

    Born June 21, 1979, native Minnesotan actor Chris Pratt scored his first big break on television as the troubled physician's son Bright Abbott on the WB series drama Everwood, opposite Treat Williams and others

  • ‘Her’ profile on IMDb

    A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

  • Found the ‘Her’ movie website!

  • Michael refers to The Drudge Report

  • Joe references ‘The Truman Show’

    An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.

  • Creationism Debate

  • Watch the debate (available for a limited time)

    Last night, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham the Creation Man debated the question, “Is creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” I was happy the “great creationism debate” happened, but I have mixed feelings about how it turned out.

  • Facebook “a look back” video parody

    Tripp and Tyler, who most recently entertained us with conference calls in real life, have a fantastic new video poking fun at…well, all things Facebook…

  • Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

    Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence.

  • ‘Ender’s Game’ books (series)

    The Ender's Game series (often referred to as the Enderverse or the Ender saga) is a series of science fiction books by Orson Scott Card. The series started with the novelette "Ender's Game", which was later expanded into the novel of the same title.