Ep. 68: Living Cities

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On this episode of Simblified, Naren and Srikeit (minus an absconding Chuck) talk about cities. The ecosystems that develop within our cities, how city planning may actually be detrimental and what the cost of 'free' parking really is. Plus the usual terrible humour you've come to love.

Follow Chuck (@chuck_gopal), Naren (@shenoyn) and Srikeit (@Srikeit) for a good 'ol English cuppa-whatever-was-in-the-IVM-fridge.

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Ep. 67: Everything You Wanted to Know About Berklee School of Music but Didn't Know Whom to Ask

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This week, we have a guest on the show (and Simblified listener!) Ashvala Vinay (www.twitter.com/Ashvala), who recently graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He tells us what the school is all about, what type of courses happen there, what the prospects are like and totally geeks out on some music terms. The usual smattering of what we call 'humour' makes its way into what is otherwise an uncharacteristically classy show.

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Ep. 66: A Full House with Poker Maven, Peter Abraham

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There are two kinds of people - those who're nuts about poker and those who have no clue what it is. We're proud to announce that all three co-hosts of Simblified have absolutely no idea what it is - hence marking one of the two points of our common ignorance (the other being MBA-level marketing). To fix this, we have with us on this episode, Peter Abraham - a stalwart of the Indian Poker scene, and the founder of SpartanPoker, and the Indian Poker Championship. We chat about his journey as a Poker-ster and societal acceptance (or lack thereof) of the sport. Plus, the usual bunch of bad jokes.

PS: Peter will be starting a new podcast, 'The Spartan Poker presents Mera Kaam Poker' on the IVM Podcasts network shortly - so look out for that shortly on all podcast apps!

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Ep. 65: Simblifying Solar Eclipses

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Recently, a certain someone looked up at the solar eclipse when that was literally the only thing he was told not to. We wouldn't normally worry, except this certain someone has access to nukes. But let's move away from such apocalyptic gloom and look at the bright (dark?) side of the phenomenon that is solar eclipses and how they occur. And why you should use special glasses while looking for them. Also, we make plans for Simblified's first live episode, roughly 2 decades from now.

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Ep. 64: A Chat with Girish, the Guy Behind Your Favourite AIB Sketches

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Over the last few years, the quality of AIB's video production and writing has gone through the roof (although, YouTube comments superstars will lead you to think otherwise). And that is in no small part thanks to one of their head writers, Girish Narayandass. He's been the brains behind several of their sketches (including the epic Honest Campus Placements trilogy). In this interview, we talk about his career, how he got into AIB, what the process of writing a sketch typically is like - and all the hard parts of what is perceived as a super-fun job (it is!).

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Ep. 63: Are you bored?

Are you bored (hopefully not after listening to this show)? Well, there's science for that. In this random episode which has nothing to do with global happenings, Chuck and Naren explore the psychology of being bored and why a little bit of that is probably good for you, creatively. Featuring some research and the usual dose of poor jokes. This episode sadly, does not feature Srikeit :-(

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Ep. 62: Yes, President

Did you know the President of India has a function other than being the answer to a GK question for 4th standard schoolkids? In this episode, Chuck and Naren look at what the President of India actually does, and how he / she gets picked for the job. Also, who's your pick for worst president ever? What's the difference between the President and PM? Why do some countries have a president that does nothing (India) and others have a president that does a lot but probably shouldn't (the US)? All this and more. Additionally, we also take a look at yet another tragic Whatsapp forward for the infamous Profundity of the Day section. Fans of Srikeit will miss him in this episode. Alas.

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Ep. 61: Corbyn May be PM

We know that American politics may be a lot more fun with the Trumpocalypse happening but that doesn't mean we forget about the original white oppressors - the British.
The podders get together for a British election special. We talk about Theresa May's snap election blunder, Jeremy Corbyn's socialist manifesto and election oddities that require the British PM to receive her election results standing on a stage with a man with a bucket on his head.

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Ep. 60: The Science of WhatsApp Fakeology

Have you ever wondered what makes perfectly sane people forward messages which claim that cows exhale oxygen? Have you observed how the canniest people seem to relish sending you messages of spectacular inanity? Well, you're in good company because Simblified hosts Naren, Chuck and Srikeit have been wondering about these things as well and try to analyze what makes this parallel universe go around.

Follow them on Twitter @chuck_gopal, @shenoyn, @srikeit

Check out Sidin Vadakut's book, The Sceptical Patriot here: http://www.amazon.in/Sceptical-Patriot-Exploring-Truths-Glories/dp/8129129035

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Ep. 59: I/O! Ayayyo!

Google had their annual developer conference recently and there were quite a few fun things that went down. They're going to start printing photo books. They're going to have a version of Android for low-end devices that doesn't suck. They're going to help you get even lazier using AI and Google Assistant. Technology correspondent Chuck has that (And sadly some sad jokes) and more for you, along with able support from Naren and Srikeit.

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Ep. 58: Market Research Can Be Fun: A chat with Utsav Mamoria

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While 'market research' sounds vanilla and a career that not too many starry-eyed 3 year olds might have, it's one heck of a fascinating subject. Look around you - everything is the result of some sort of research. From the colour of clothes you wear, to the shape of the phone you're listening to this show on, to the price fixed by the Uber you're taking, to the lines in the horrible billboard ad staring you in the face - each, at some point of time would have seen some sort of research. While some might just be a poor Surveymonkey link circulated to everyone in the office, some others would be a lot of scientific and thorough than that. And to discuss the latter, we have Utsav Mamoria, a MR professional who is also a voracious reader, traveler and poor joke aficionado. Meaning - ideal Simblified fodder.

Join us as we talk about market research, its applications (even in the wildest of fields) and fun anecdotes from the field.

Reach Utsav at @utsavmamoria on Twitter.
Also be sure to get in touch with the Simblified gang on Chuck , Naren  and Srikeit

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Ep. 57: How Ad Films Work: A Chat with Dharam Valia

While the film world has lights, camera, action... The advertising world has brief, PPT, ad (roughly). Some ads are better than others. Some of them are so well shot that you might actually stop in wonder and think how they were made (you know, a lot like films themselves).

This week, we look at how exactly this is done. We chat with Dharam Valia, who's been running Hungry Films for the last 3 years. Along the way, we take several potshots at advertising, make several poor jokes and glean into the future where digital ads with 'skip' are seen more than traditional TV ads. Oh and Dharam used to be the boss of 2/3 of Simblified - we'll leave it to you to work out which (Hint: Naren never worked in advertising).

Find Dharam at @dharamv on Twitter.

And the three sexy hosts on the show are Chuck (@chuck_gopal), Naren (@Shenoyn) and Srikeit (@Srikeit).

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Ep. 56: It's Your F8 Only!

Ah, Facebook - our constant companion during early morning sojourns to the loo. Our rabbithole of useless links we didn't know we wanted to read. And of course, that place which makes it convenient to stalk office colleagues and your ex. But hey, they're onto something!

Recently they held the f8 Developer Conference and there are some cool things that came out of there. Fun with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, more attempts at shamelessly copying Snapchat, and a couple of really interesting technologies they are working on including getting your skin to hear and brain to type (!).

Stay tuned as Chuck (@chuck_gopal), Srikeit (@Srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn) take you through what happened along with the usual smattering of poor jokes and stuff.

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Ep. 55: Done DNA Done

On this episode, our troika of Wiki-pilfering stalwarts explains something that is inherent in all of us. No, not that sense of despair about Mondays, but our genetic code, DNA! We unravel what this thing that you forgot after 8th standard biology class is, and more importantly - look at its application in storage devices. Yes, that's right. Soon, you'll be able to store close to 200000 years' worth of high-res music on a square mm of DNA storage! The little drawback of course is the thing is ridiculously expensive to use. All deets in this episode!

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Ep. 54: DRS Who?

Celebrating the Indian cricket team’s recent (PETA approved) spanking of the Kangaroos in the test series, we get together to Simblify the new and controversial tech innovation in cricket – the uDRS – or Umpire Decision Review System.

Chuck (@chuck_gopal), Naren (@shenoyn) and Srikeit (@Srikeit) talk about the DRS components, the innovative tech behind it and why someone would conspire to add waiting time to a 5-day game of catch that has plenty of standing around to begin with. All in a listen as sweet as that firm knock of a Sachin straight drive.

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Ep. 53: Grubs Can Be Grub

The podders get together this time for a culinary special. But put away your MasterChef fantasies, this is about gourmet… bugs. Enter the fascinatingly terrifying world of entomophagy - the practice of using insects as food.
Listen in to learn about the cultural practices of insect eating, why it can be more nutritious, necessary and even tasty. Find out what your favourite insects taste like and let Chuck ‘bug’ you with an creepy-crawly pun-run.

Do give us a shout on Twitter and let Naren (@shenoyn), Chuck (@chuck_gopal) and Srikeit (@Srikeit) know what you think of this episode and Simblified.

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Ep. 52: ISRO, Ro, Ro, Your Boat, Gently up to Space...

Our space agency has given us lots to be proud about recently! ISRO's stupendous achievement of launching 100+ satellites is remarkable, and has brought old stats involving auto rickshaw fares and a certain cartoon back into the limelight, including petulance from The New York Times.

Join the podcastronauts Chuck, Srikeit and Naren as they fly their spaceship of wisdom with a payload of bad jokes to the orbit of space exploration, how ISRO works and the only pun possible on the word 'equinox'. It's all happening here on Simblified, so 3, 2, 1...

Memorable quote from the episode:

Naren - A PSLV Rocket is as humongous as a 14 storey building.

Srikeit - Then we have hope that one day Antilla will take off and go away.

Ep. 51: Solar, so good

In this episode, our trinity of babblers talk about solar energy in the light (hehe) of Tesla announcing the Gigafactory will be powered by the sun. What's a Tesla? What's a gigafactory? What's a sun? Don't worry - we answer it all. And (sorry) Chuck does a pun run on all things celestial. Even the Gods were not spared.
Say hello to our hosts on Twitter: @chuck_gopal, @shenoyn, @Srikeit

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Ep. 50: Bud-Jaitley Speaking

This week, in a special Chuck-free Simblified we demystify the process of the bureaucratic behemoth, that is the Union Budget of India. From the impact (or lack of it) of this year’s budget, we meander into the bylanes of India’s budgetary history to uncover some little known fiscal quirks, apart from the usual boring money talk.

Srikeit (@Srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn) try valiantly to make up for the Chuck’s (@chuck_gopal) absence with some pitiful groaners but fall woefully short!

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Ep. 49: A CESspool of Gadgets and Nonsense

This week, Chuck and Srikeit (minus Naren) talk about the Consumer Electronics Show and what shiny new gadgets have graced us. Will LG's new OLED TV be the way forward? What on earth will an IOT-connected dustbin do? Will Chuck do a verse-based quiz for worst products of the CES including a vibrating pair of shorts (Hint: yes). All this and more on this high-tech episode of Simblified!

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