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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