Show Notes

Classic arcade gaming

Memories of the arcade and the Sega Game Gear. Introduction of Larry the Rat in the Atari Lynx port. How to pick from current social fears for your lazy game plot.

Zero-G research

Genetics research in spaaaaaace. CRISPR. Bremen Drop Tower.

Gorilla sign language

Koko the gorilla. Gorilla sign language. Credulity and confirmation bias. Impressive gorilla lexicons. Adventures in signing portmanteus. Yogurt aka “milkfruitcandy food.”

Animal fights

Comparing the gorilla to the grizzly bear. Relative animal size. Grizzly bears as killing machine. Gorilla conflict-avoidance techniques.

Scaling animals

The square-cube law! Relative scaling and the race between volume and surface area (volume always wins!). The creation of a bio antenna. The relatively low energy of radio waves.

Mutations, mutations, mutations

Gorilla turns into giant gorilla. Lizard turns into mega lizard. Wolf, though, turns into a wolf… with patagia and throwable quills! Possibly resembling the urticating hairs of a tarantula.


  • Rampage: iTunes | Amazon
  • How to Make an Elephant Explode with Science by Kurtzgesagt: YouTube
  • Zero-G Experiments on Earth: The Bremen Drop Tower by Tom Scott: YouTube
  • Scientists Successfully Teach Gorilla It Will Die Someday by The Onion: YouTube
  • animals, 
  • evolution, 
  • interspecies communication, 
  • nostalgia, 
  • retro gaming, 
  • science, 
  • science fiction, 
  • sign language, 
  • square cube law