Ep. 478: Where The 404 hoverboard works on water Video
The 404 takes a trip to Hill Valley in 2015 to geek out on Mattel's limited edition, full-scale Hoverboard replica from "Back to the Future II." Replete with a scooter handle hole, velcro ankle strap, motion sensors, and "whooshing" sound effects, the only thing missing is the hover conversion -- and no, it doesn't work on water.
This week, Donald's back in the studio, joined by Eric Franklin and Dong Ngo from CNET Labs. We ponder Japan's plans to turn the moon into a playground for robots, and tackle OLED displays that roll and vanish. Dong drops some knowledge on recent hard drive innovations and a waterproof case for his Flip Ultra HD. The iPad meets Velcro. And the hoverboard makes a comeback (kinda).
Today's episode of The 404 Podcast is all about techy gift recommendations for Father's Day, OpenBook exposing more Facebook privacy issues, and an amazing video of a Japanese beatboxer performing the Super Mario theme song.
"We're on a mission to change the world," proclaims 8o.Bug, singer, songwriter, DJ and half of the format-busting musical duo Jupiter Rising. After one listen to "Go," the barnstorming lead track from the pair's self-titled debut album, you might be forgiven for thinking the change in question will start on the dancefloor. If this relentlessly funky amalgam of hip-hop, pop, rock, dancehall and more doesn't make you move, consult a physician. But 8o. and her partner, composer-multi-instrumentalist-programmer-human beatbox Spencer Nezey, have a lot more up their sleeves. Take, for example, the soaring ballad "Hero," which was selected as the theme for the acclaimed International Museum of Women's project Imagining Ourselves. The song's soulful refrain yearns for "a hero to save us from ourselves," but declares that if one doesn't arrive, "I will do it myself." This sort of determination is at the core of Jupiter Rising's mission. "We both felt so unsatisfied by most of the music out there," 8o notes. "It's either bands asking why life sucks but offering no explanation, or trite, dumb stuff about shaking your ass, getting the guy, getting money. We want our music to make people feel full of hope, full of self-awareness and a sense of connection and belonging. We want them to feel something they didn't feel before they listened to us."
Sir Jon of Strick-land is a longtime listener of the podcast, but we never knew he was fluent in Elizabethan English until today's episode--by my troth, this should be good. Jon tells us about his adventures in cosplay at local Renaissance Faires back home in Georgia, and also gives us a preview of his costume at this year's DragonCon--a Renaissance-themed Lex Luthor!
TGIF!TGIF!TGIF!TGIF!TGIF! Before you take off for the weekend, be sure to check out today's episode of The 404 Webcast, where we're reintroducing the Semi-weekly Beck's Beer Audio Draft! Today's featured artist is Family of the Year, an up-and-rocking folk(ish) band from Los Angeles.
This week's episode is inspired by Natali's incredibly appropriate (if not unintended) comment from last week's episode. Really, if you haven't heard it, check it out. Then listen to today's show where we discuss a wide array of chairs on which to sit. That's right, chairs are the "it". Why, what were you thinking?
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu sing a rousing rendition of the theme song to Family Matters, reminisce about ABC's TGIF programming lineup, and celebrate this year's ComicCon by boycotting Rainn Wilson as the Riddler in the next Batman movie.
Today's episode of The 404 is especially passionate, maybe because we know it's the last one of the week. No show tomorrow, but look out for two special throwback episodes coming your way Friday and Sunday. Anyway, onto today's stories. As the title states, we're taking a trip back to our childhood and remembering some of our favorite Smashing Pumpkins songs and music videos.
Today's show title is a little deceptive, and we should be clear that Alison Rosen's mother does not make an appearance on this episode, but Alison's all we need anyway because she's the future of television! We're excited to have her back after a long hiatus, and she updates us on everything going on in her life, including ALISON ROSEN IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND, a new weekly interactive show on Ustream that features guests like Michael Showalter and Andrew W.K., in addition to an upcoming segment where Alison will explore the world of online dating. Be sure to add her on Twitter to stay updated.