Interface: 25. The Original Gangsters of Minecraft

Andrew wrote the following paragraph of the show notes. It is meaningless. Devin Sloan chats with Andrew about video games (huge surprise…). Topics include arcades, local multiplayer, playing games online, the origin and rise of Minecraft, and board games

Son, meet Pac-Man. Daughter, meet Pac-Man. Wife, let’s Pac-Man. Pac-Man, prepare for doom. Dark Souls, hardcore, normcore, co-op. Play on your couch, don’t play with your internet friends! Unless you play Minecraft, but then only play it next to each other. Don’t look at their face, just focus on the controller. She’s a Killer Queen / quiplashing, drawful / dynamite with Rocket League / guaranteed to kick your butt / UpDown.


Interface: 24. A Trunk Full of Adapters

One misty morning, you enter your garage. It’s dark, light streaming between the cracks of the door (don’t forget to call the door guy). You don’t remember driving home last night but you must have; there’s a car in here. Wiping the sleep from your eyes, you walk around to the driver’s side door. Weird, your car is bigger than that. Something slithers by, leaving a trail behind it. You whirl around at the faint sound of clattering hooves. The motion detector triggers the light, and all is revealed. A Chevy Bolt, a sniffling snake, an ill ibex, a podcast.


Interface: 23. 100 Words a Minute on Glass

Andrew is convinced that giving every student in a class a computer is a bad idea. Ian thinks it’s the way of the future, and almost a necessity for the kids of 2016.

Who is right? Who is wrong? Will these 2 ever agree on anything?

Find out as we discuss the use of technology in the classroom, and ways technology and the internet can be used to truly improve the classroom experience.


Interface: 22. A Receipt for Your Vote

It’s a weird year to joke about elections, but the current inconsistencies and design of many voting systems is a bit of a joke. Some votes are cast on paper, others on an electronic machine, and the layouts of the ballots can vary widely from precinct to precinct.

This week, we discuss some critical flaws in various ballot designs, and how the entire process could be simplified to offer a more frictionless and transparent experience.


Interface: 21. A Lack of Clarity

So you bought a 4K TV. And the new Xbox One S. And you’re paying the extra $2 to Netflix for “Ultra HD.” You fire everything up, and suddenly you realize – there’s not much worthwhile content to take advantage of all those bonus pixels. Finally, you settle on “Smurfs 2” (available in 4K), only to be greeted by buffering every few minutes.

There are many hurdles to 4K right now, but is it a consumer gimmick?