Episode 51 - Roll
This week hosts Ben and Norah are talking about the word roll. As a verb and as a noun it conjures up a wide variety of phrases and concepts. Along with the conversational riffing, additional topics include: ball bearings, inline skates, some mild Physics, RollerGames, and the 1975 movie Rollerball. Then it’s on to video games! Ben talks about Roller Champions, Mega Man, Katamari Damacy, and Bouldy from Hades.
00:00:21 - A belated Happy Birthday to the 2VP, and Ben and Norah get the show rollin’
00:02:23 - The Ann Sather incident of every time Norah goes, and cinnamon rolls
00:04:19 - Number 2 on the “Norah roll list…” rock n’ roll!
00:06:07 - “I guess it depends on the baby,” and Ben thinks about “rolling” baby Hitler
00:08:34 - A lost opportunity to start the show with the Rawhide theme song
00:10:45 - MythBusters tests the saying “a rolling stone gathers no moss”
00:13:05 - “Honor roll” vs. “on a roll,” rollover investments, roll over Beethoven, etc.
00:15:47 - The key part of the “muffin top,” rolls of food, and almonds?
00:18:29 - The “Rolling with the punches” philosophy of life, and more food.
00:20:56 - Roller skates, inline skates, skateboards, and ball bearings
00:22:53 - The coefficients of sliding, static friction (angle of repose) and more on ball bearings
00:26:48 - Ben’s inline skates, age appropriate exercise, and watching roller derby
00:29:45 - Ben remembers the only season of RollerGames, and licensed arcade machines
00:33:31 - Learning about the 1975 movie Rollerball, and “…don’t watch the 2002 version!”
00:39:38 - Ben talks about the new Roller Champions game from Ubisoft
00:43:34 - Explaining “soccer cars” to Norah
00:45:59 - The first Mega Man (Rockman) game, and Ben actually knows it’s Wily not Willy
00:51:23 - Ben talks about Katamari Damacy, one of his favorite games
00:58:20 - It’s actually Sisyphean, but Ben and Norah like “Sisyphus-ian” more
01:01:08 - Closing the show… “STEAMROLLER!”
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