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The Monster Science Podcast #4: The Gospel of the Loch Ness Monster

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The Monster Science Podcast #4: The Gospel of the Loch Ness Monster

http://revmattsmonsterscience.com/podcast-player/384/the-monster-science-podcast-4-the-gospel-of-the-loch-ness-monster.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 8:12 | Size: 11.27MNumber four! The Loch Ness Monster and the lives of the saints. I hope you like...

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The Monster Science Podcast #3: Evolution You Bastards

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The Monster Science Podcast #3: Evolution You Bastards

http://revmattsmonsterscience.com/podcast-player/368/the-monster-science-podcast-3-evolution-you-bastards.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 9:21 | Size: 12.84MAwww, you’re not bastards. I think you’re really nice. But evolution is a thing that can be explained pretty much irrefutably in like ten minutes, as I do here, and the fact that we’re having a prolonged national debate about it makes me grouchy. I hope you like this week’s! Here it...

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The Monster Science Podcast #2: Ecology of the Video Game Dinosaur

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The Monster Science Podcast #2: Ecology of the Video Game Dinosaur

http://revmattsmonsterscience.com/podcast-player/363/the-monster-science-podcast-2-ecology-of-the-video-game-dinosaur.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 9:59 | Size: 13.72MEpisode two! There are two episodes now! It’s a real podcast! To think we have lived to see such times! I have realized too late that, in discussing the character “Chaos” from “Primal Rage,” I neglected to mention that he is a giant, pinkish ape. I apologize sincerely. This will not happen again. I mean, not this exactly. I hope you like...

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The Monster Science Podcast #1: Phoenix Tikka Masala

Posted by on 2-02-17 in Featured, podcast | 0 comments

The Monster Science Podcast #1: Phoenix Tikka Masala

http://revmattsmonsterscience.com/podcast-player/358/the-monster-science-podcast-1-phoenix-tikka-masala.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 9:04 | Size: 12.45MThousands of minutes ago, a prophecy foretold that the many-headed hydra that is Reverend Matt’s Monster Science should grow a new head: A podcast. A podcast head. And so it has come to pass! Episode One! I talk about phoenixes! It’s about ten minutes long! Listen to it in the car! While exercising! In class! (If your teacher catches you, tell them what you’re listening to, and they will shake your hand!) More to come! Watch this space! And other...

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A Reel Education #50 – Godzilla

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A Reel Education #50 – Godzilla

More podcast guest-expert goodness! Today, “A Reel Education,” in which hosts (at this time in its history) Melissa Kaercher and Tim Wick teach person-who-has-seen-no-movies (at this time in its history) Jena Young about movies! This installment: The original “Gojira,” with me on as guest expert. It’s fun and educational! Dig it here!

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Destroy 60% of Available Monsters

Posted by on 2-02-17 in Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Destroy 60% of Available Monsters

For the last two years, I’ve done a half-hour set at Fearless Comecy Productions’ “Die Laughing” comedy marathon, and both times it’s been a super-hot audience and I have enjoyed it quite a good deal. Here’s 2016’s, where I discuss ancillary Godzilla monsters – Mothra and Rodan and pals. Check it out! And pardon the...

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Get Off My World #25: Lumpy and Unpleasant

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Get Off My World #25: Lumpy and Unpleasant

Hello. Ahem. Hello. I’m back. Hopefully to stay; I’ve been messing around with podcasting hardware and software and results are promising so far. But for now, please enjoy my guest-starring on the extraordinary Doctor Who podcast “Get Off My World”! I’m the guest monster expert, and we talk about the Third Doctor series “The Dinosaur Invasion,” and argue about Star Wars and Star Trek! Check it out here!

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XPCD #38: I’ve Got No Quarrel with a Bomb

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XPCD #38: I’ve Got No Quarrel with a Bomb

Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome is an extraordinary podcast by Ms. Melissa Kaercher and Ms. Windy Bowlsby, in which they discuss movies whilst growing progressively more inebriated. You should listen to it! If you’re not, here’s a gateway: my second appearance thereon, in which we discuss the Planet of the Apes films! Accessible by clicking on this sentence right here! I, er, kind of take over this one, a bit. It’s frankly rather rude of me. But then, Melissa and Windy laugh cruelly at me when I start talking about the novelization of “Escape from the Planet of the Apes,” so I figure we’re even. As with my first guest appearance – which may be found here – it’s a little over an hour long! Listen to it while working or baking or sinking slowly into quicksand. Also, there’s swearing. Also we get really drunk. Oh, and my deepest thanks to Ms. Kaercher and Ms. Bowlsby for letting me in on their fantastic...

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XCPD #33: Pure Ejaculation of Awesome

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XCPD #33: Pure Ejaculation of Awesome

The link, it is here! Earlier this year, your pal the Reverend had the singular honor of being a guest on the extraordinary Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome podcast. Those of you who already listen to same, of course, already know this. Those of you who do not, well, first of all you need to get right with it, and second of all let me tell you what it’s all about: Xanadu CPD is the work of the inestimable Melissa Kaercher and Windy Bowlsby, who sit around and talk about movies whilst getting drunker and drunker. Generally they talk about a whole series or category of movie in each episode. Mmmyep. That about covers it. Except to again emphasize that it’s amazing. In the mighty #33, the first of my two guest-starring episodes, we discuss the work of Guillermo del Toro, which of course gives me ample opportunity to say things about monsters. We also talk for some length about Mike Mignola, H.P. Lovecraft, and dragon movies. I manage to work in Hatzegopteryx. It was an honor to do, and enormous fun, and now it’s time for you to listen to it! (There’s a good deal more swearing in it than in my own material, so if you’re six years old, buckle up! Also it’s a bit over an hour long, so throw it on the headphones and allow it to distract you from your work, weakening the American economy. And finally, it’s right...

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Alien Odds: The Drake Equation (Part Four)

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Alien Odds: The Drake Equation (Part Four)

And now: The thrilling conclusion of our discussion of the Drake Equation! The links to the three prior Monster Science posts on this matter should be around here somewhere, but clicking links is super hard so we’ll briefly recap. Here’s the Drake Equation. The N is the number of civilizations in the galaxy with which communication might be possible. The R is the average yearly rate of star formation in the galaxy, which makes the Equation a function of time, which will pay off later, oh man, just you wait. f-p is the number of those stars what have planets, which appears to be 100%; n-e is the number of those planets that can support life, which is really the first place where these numbers might fall off, and there are two schools of thought about this but that’s all in the second episode, you should go read it, it is super interesting. Then we come to our old friend f-squiggly-line, which describes the incidence of planets that can support life actually developing it, which is 100%, for real. And then the climactic f sub i, which describes the number of life-bearing planets that develop intelligence, and this one got a whole post to itself because it is problematic, both in terms of observable odds, and epistemologically – people bring a lot of baggage to this one. Okay! Almost to the end. This brings us to good old-fashioned f sub c, the fraction of intelligent species that release detectable signs of their existence into space. And here is where our Equation, in spite of its lovely, science name, starts getting philosophical, whether we like it or not. I mean, on the surface of it, this works like the last couple of factors; modern humanity has been a species for 100, maybe 150 thousand years, and we’ve had radio for less than 200. Bad odds once again, and that’s not even factoring in the pre-modern human forms that almost certainly had some variety of sentience. But does the development of technology work like evolution does? Is it a purely practical reaction to changing conditions, or is humanity compelled to continue to improve its lot – not merely adapt, but progress? And even if we are, how strong is this compulsion? If modern humanity is 100,000 years old, that’s still 90,000 years before anyone got around to agriculture or anything. And if this drive is there, is it a necessary component of intelligence, or might it be unique to the human variety thereof? Or might we call it a defining aspect of sentience – the unceasing impulse to build, to invent, to create, aww man, I miss the science. Related to this factor of the Equation is the Fermi Paradox, which is an extra fancy title for the question: If there is intelligent life out there, why haven’t we seen evidence of it? Why hasn’t it tried to contact us? Some people regard this as a damning indictment of the idea of extraterrestrial intelligence’s existence. Other people regard it as a fair to middling exercise for a beginner-level science fiction writer’s club. Because, of course, there are dozens and dozens of answers to this question. A lot of them have to do with the thought that maybe the aliens haven’t contacted...

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