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A show where nerd culture intersects with society. We weekly cover nerd news discussing the latest in movies, comics, games, and more. Our interview shows focus on amazing nerds and their work.

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In this Cantina Conversation we welcome Megan McCarthy-Biank to the podcast.  We discuss and play interviews with three authors recorded during C2E2. First up is a conversation with Daniel Kraus about his book Bent Heavens.  The second interview is the author of the Windy City Magic Series, Crystal Cestari. Our final conversation is with Adalyn Grace on her book All the Stars and Teeth. 

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Links to authors pages and books discussed in this episode:

Daniel Kraus 

Website: http://www.danielkraus.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Kraus-117000470013/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kraus_author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielDKraus

Link to Purchase Bent Heavens: https://amzn.to/2JP237g 

 

Crystal Cestari

Website: https://www.crystalcestari.com/

Facebook: N/A

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crystalcestari/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crystalcestari?lang=en

Links to Purchase Windy City Magic Series:

Link to Purchase Super Adjacent: https://amzn.to/2JQVUYq 

 

Adalyn Grace

Website: https://adalyngraceauthor.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authoradalyngrace/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdalynGrace_

Link to Purchase All the Stars and Teeth: https://amzn.to/2woEhvR

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The movie theater industry continues to struggle and it may not survive this crisis.  YouTube has created a competitor for Tik Toc and a Nascar driver loses a sponsor for rage quitting at an esports event.  In tech news, we discuss the recent Marriott Hotels data breach, AI tools used to predict severe cases of COVID-19, and a new wave of automation.  We go in depth on some of the privacy concerns with the Zoom conferencing software and the surveillance tools being used by governments to track activity and infected people.

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This episode is a Cantina Conversation all about some nerds doing good in the world.  We focus on two charities that Steve interviewed during his time at C2E2.  First he talks with Costumers With a Cause who use their love for cosplay to bring smiles to kids who really need it.  The second interview is with Walkin And Rollin Costumes where they custom build elaborate costumes for wheelchairs.  Take a listen and learn more about nerds doing good things in our communities.

Walkin and Rollin Costumes- https://www.walkinrollin.org/

Costumers With a Cause- https://www.costumerswithacause.org/

Costumers With a Cause Midwest- https://www.facebook.com/groups/CWCMidwest

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COVID-19 has driven work production down but internet use up 70%. Independent theaters are moving towards a straight to video on demand model for small independent films.  In tech news there are many stories of recent hacking attempts and one group holds some XBox Series X source code ransom. The satellite internet company OneWeb files for bankruptcy and the Space Force launches their first rocket to space.

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The next generation gaming consoles reveal their specs and we compare.  In entertainment we get more movie delays and threats from the theater industry to try to prevent more straight to streaming releases.  Steve demands that Universal #ReleaseTheButtholeCut of the Cats musical. In tech news, the head of Valve predicts that we are near “the Matrix” with regards to brain to computer interfaces.  Elon Musk begins producing ventilators and SpaceX receives approval for 1 million Starlink antennas. Finally we cover the news of the Russian spy services plans to hack hundreds of thousands of IOT devices in a plot to cripple the internet.

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The entertainment industry is reeling from a series of closures, release delays, and production halts on many of our beloved movies and shows.  In tech news we first discuss the call for support to PC gamers in combating COVID-19 through the use of Folding@Home. Tesla finishes their 1 millionth car last week and SpaceX aborts their latest launch at T-0.  We also discuss the decision by the Pentagon to reconsider the $10billion JEDI contract that was previously awarded to Microsoft over Amazon.

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This episode is a Cantina Conversation with Courtney James from the DePaul University’s Esports division.  Steve interviewed Courtney on the C2E2 floor and in this conversation, Steve discusses with her the current state of Esports on the college campus, the future of the sport, scholarship opportunities, and many more topics.  

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In entertainment news this week Steve and Ken discuss the C2E2 panel on the new FX show Devs by Alex Garland.  This is a show that all Cantina members should be watching. We also go over the new images of the Batmobile, the new Bond movie getting delayed due to coronavirus, and The Last of Us being adapted into an HBO series.  In our tech segment we have the use of CRISPR CAS-9 in the treatment of a human eye and Penn State has made some advances in biological printing. Our final story is a scary story of an innocent man accused of robbery because google tracked his bike ride that passed by the crime scene.  

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Steve gives his initial recap of Chicago’s Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), much more coming from C2E2 in future episodes.  In entertainment news this week we discuss Bob Iger stepping down from his position as the CEO of Disney. Steve gets fired up talking about the Star Wars novels attempting to fix plot holes in the movies.  We also cover the recent tech news concerning the Neuralink competitor, a supreme court justice regretting a decision that led to the repeal of net neutrality. We provide some details around Clearview AI having its client list hacked and released and Jack Dorsey’s position as the head of Twitter is in jeopardy.

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In entertainment news this week we discuss the leaked photos of the Batsuit.  We cover all of the recent news regarding the CBS All Access merging with other ViacomCBS services like Comedy Central, MTV, and more.  Mulan gets a PG-13 rating, the first rating for any Disney live action remake. XBox Series X releases some technical specs and they are touting an impressive 12 teraflops.  In tech news, Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion of his personal wealth to fight climate change while Bill Gates and Elon Musk get into a nerd fight over electric vehicles. The FCC is forced to hear complaints about net neutrality and PayPal has a dangerous exploit get exposed.

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