Transposable: Riff Along: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Part 1 Transposable
This week on Transposable, we try something different. This episode is intended to be played alongside cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Ventus’ story. If you like this test, send us some feedback!
00:02:10 – Opening Cutscene
00:04:50 – Land of Departure
00:27:55 – Dwarf Woodlands
00:37:10 – Castle of Dreams
Valley Drag Episode 5: Cryptocurrencies Valley Drag
This week on Valley Drag, we take a look at Cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrency– just money whose transactions are secured by encryption.
Blockchain– A distributed ledger of transactions. This is what allows bitcoin and other altcoins to be decentralized(they’re not tied to a government or a bank or any one person distributing the currency). In blockchains, every node in a network has access to the entire global ledger, and anytime a transaction anywhere happens, the global ledger must be updated and the change propagated to all nodes. Given that blockchains are peer-to-peer, modifying the history is extremely difficult, because you would need a majority of the network to agree on the change. Because blockchains are distributed and track every single transaction globally, they’re constantly growing in size.
Mining– Individuals help maintain the blockchain by“solving” blocks(finding a specific value required to validate a block of transactions) . This is a way of distributing the calculations needed to verify transactions. A miner who successfully generates the solution for a block is awarded with newly generated bitcoin.
Fiat currency– currency with no intrinsic value. Most currency these days is. US Dollars used to be directly fixed to specific weights of gold(making it Representative currency), but it no longer is. Basically, exchange rates depend on speculation about value, not on actual direct value.
Totally based on speculation; people are rarely actually using it for anything other than playing exchange markets.
Mining is really problematic
favors people who have money to buy or rent high end computers
it’s totally blown up the GPU market, creating shortages and driving up prices
Systems are still hard to get in to. You have to pay through exchanges.
Ripple / Stellar
Focus on the ledger and payment protocols, supporting sending near-free transactions representing any type of value, not on the coin specifically. Stellar builds on a decentralized consensus protocol, allowing the network verify transactions much more quickly and cheaply than say bitcoin does. This addresses the concerns over waste. Also not based on mining, so no more shitty techbros.
Cryptocurrencies do not solve that base issue with currencies in 2017 which is that you have to work to get the money and not everyone is in a position of being able to actively participate in the workforce.
Alpha Centauri Episode 2: Kennedy Told Us About The Beacons Alpha Centauri
This week on Alpha Centauri we answer your science questions! “What framerate does the human eye percieve the world as?” “How hard is it to identify what chemical substances are in, say, a random sample of powder? How do things like TSA itemizers do this?” and “Is it possible to increase bandwidth by sending both a horizontal and vertical polarized signal with different data on the same frequency?” are all discussed!
00:00:00 – Hello! ()
00:01:16 – What framerate does the human eye percieve the world as?
00:21:19 – uhhhh jorts?
00:28:26 – jOrts????!!!!!
00:33:18 – How do things like TSA itemizers work?
00:42:02 – Is it possible to increase bandwidth by sending both a horizontal and vertical polarized signal?
01:00:40 – Goodbye
This week on Valley Drag we talk about Twitter’s new content policy and Russian ads on social media in the last election cycle.
Content Warning: We might be using some specific terms during this episode that are offensive; we’re trying to discuss the specifics of Twitter’s content policy choices. For some people, these terms are powerful and they’ve reclaimed them and don’t want to see them policed. For others, they’re offensive.
Content Policy Stuff
Twitter is revising policies about content in response to some really long-standing issues
“We’re providing more specific detail around the types of content we consider to be“graphic violence” or“adult content.” We’re also updating our media policy Help Center page so it includes examples that help set expectations around the types of content covered by this policy. Please note that the media policy will be updated again on November 22, to account for hateful imagery.”