Show Notes


LPT: you can get pommes frites in Europe. Could Eiffel have been an agent? The history of the Eiffel tower. The Eiffel Tower’s science history. Cosmic rays. Wireless telepraphy (radio). Outliving its intended lifespan.


Which government agency should you be applying to in order to research alien stuff? Remembering the MiB is an NGO.

Space tracking

Increasing ability to track nearby space objects. Tracking objects in our solar system’s plane. The difficulty of tracking interstellar objects. Being a good space neighbor. Confirmed tracked interstellar objects. Failing to pronounce “ʻOumuamua.”

A Danzig tale

justin: dude

Danzig lives next door to me in l.a.

down the street

and he is the worst neighbor ever

justin: so he has this huge pile of bricks in his front yard

and the house looks like an evil pixar house

so anyway, his neighbor was like, “dude, danzig your bringing property values down with these bricks in your yard.”

and danzig was pissed

so anyway, back and forth with his neighbor and danzig

and finally one day

i see danzig outside

in his front yard

and he’s hurling bricks into this drumpster and he’s screaming, “HERE I AM MOTHERFUCKER, JUST CLEANING UP MY FUCKING BRICKS BITCH!”

Just super loud

to no one in particular

for two hours

it was amazing

like, i couldn’t even think about other things

because it was so amazing

me: oh my god

this is amazing

justin: dude

it blew my mind

because it was danzig as just a really poor homeowner

Space security

Hacking satellites! Actually totally possible and has happened. Air Force satellites at DEFCON. DDoS in space. The possibilities for catastrophy in hacking things in space. The many ways an attacker could damage or destroy our space telescopes.


Blue giants! They’re rather large, and luminous. And hot. Capturing star energy. Kardashev scales.


The tendency of our minds to backfill missing information. Using neuralizers without providing a cover story is probably actually good enough, really.


  • aliens, 
  • engineering, 
  • memory, 
  • science, 
  • science fiction, 
  • space, 
  • stars