Ep. 1231: Where time is brain Video
Rappers Big Boi and B.O.B. dropped by The 404 studio to tell us about their involvement with EA's Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.
Leaked from today's 404 episode: Devils Devils Devils, Jeff reviews "The Avengers," Facebook phones, and commercials coming to video games!
Did you ever wonder where the raw materials for your phone or camera or laptop came from, who assembled it, and in what conditions? Today we discuss the high human cost conflict minerals coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the human rights issues in Chinese manufacturing plants. But there is hope: We also cover about what can be done to make gadget manufacture more ethical and humane.
We wanted Google to announce its set-top box at Google IO today, but what do we get? A new video codec, an app store in Chrome, and (yawn) Google Wave going into open beta. And, oh yeah, homeland security seals (the marine mammals, not the hulky military guys) protecting our harbors.
Two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, work deep inside the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. In the mines, which date back to the sixteenth century, it is said the devil determines the fate of those who enter. The devil is everywhere, watching - carved statues called "Tios" are scattered throughout the tunnels, and the miners, including the young brothers, bring offerings to them daily. Raised without a father and living in virtual poverty with their family on the slopes of the mine, Basilio and his brother must work to help support their family and afford supplies vital to their education. As we come to know them, we see their fears and hopes for their future, and occasionally glimpse childlike souls peeking through their stoic faces. Trusting in an ancient belief that the devil determines the fate of all those who work in the mines, Basilio believes only the mountain devil's generosity will allow them to earn enough money to continue the new school year - their only chance of escaping their destiny in the silver mines.
We enjoyed yesterday's show with Joey Kaminski so much that we invited him back to sub-in for Jeff again today, where he weighs with us on Apple's new spaceship campus, Chinese prisoners mining MMO gold, Steve Jobs's freakiest Apple patents, and muffing the ball.
Topics discussed on today's 404 episode include Nintendo Power calling it quits, a DIY BioShock pinball game, summer hit songs relying on social followings for replay value, and the Internet implodes as Avril Lavigne announces her engagement to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.
From Android to Xbox, chances are you've probably seen the font designs of Steve Matteson, typeface designer extraordinaire. Matteson came by the CNET studios to discuss his most popular and successful fonts to date.
Yesterday's Google I/O event announcements gives us plenty of Android-related topics to discuss today. It's not all tech talk though! Tune in as we show off Jeff's Honeybadgers hockey team logo and Justin reviews Fast Five!
The air conditioner in the studio where we record the show might be broken, but we're sweating it out this morning to bring you this Friday's episode of The 404 Podcast. Yesterday we talked to Jasmine France about her new Tech Dos and Don'ts column on the MP3 Insider blog and we all left the show convinced that there's an online dating Web site out there for everyone's interests, no matter how niche....and we were right!