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The Not So Scientific Method
44 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Can we guess the celebrity blinds?
Back by popular demand, we're talking all about celebrity blinds again this week! We took the time to discuss some topics from last week in more depth and try to stump each other by having to guess the celebrities in anonymous blinds. Play along with us and see if you can guess them too!
85 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
What are celebrity blinds?
That's right folks... we're taking you down the conspiracy rabbit hole with us and talking about celebrity blind items. What is a blind? What would it mean if they were widely known by the public? Does the public already know about them? We'll answer all of your burning questions (or mostly just gossip about all of the ALLEGED crazy stuff celebs do behind closed doors). We guarantee you'll leave wanting to know more.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_item https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2013-01-01%202022-03-06&geo=US&q=nina%20dobrev,nina%20dobrev%20yachting https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=jennifer%20anniston%20marijuana https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=ariana%20grande%20drugs https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2009-01-01%202022-03-06&geo=US&q=ariana%20grande%20cocaine https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/ariana-grande-recalls-taking-care-of-ex-mac-miller-amid-drug-issues/ https://nypost.com/2015/11/01/is-jimmy-fallons-partying-getting-out-of-hand/ https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/report-necklace-lindsay-lohan-steal-earrings/story?id=12880941 https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=lindsay%20lohan%20stealing https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/a39088415/blake-lively-ryan-reynolds-valentines-day-photo/ https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=nick%20jonas%20gayhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-blinds/id1577848888 https://www.instagram.com/beyondtheblindspod/?hl=en
67 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Did Noreen bless the rains down in Africa?
Shockingly Noreen made it back from Africa in one piece. She braved the baboons, ate an ostrich, and survived almost getting robbed for her luggage. So this week we're going over all the insider info so you can plan your next trip to the Serengeti. Join us as we bless the rains down in Africa on this week's episode.
33 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Can we beat a facial recognition system?
We know our last episode left you anxious about the future of face recognition systems, but don't worry. This week we're going to tell you all about how to defeat a facial recognition system! Some methods may be a little crazy like 3D printed masks of another persons face... But others are much more simple like wearing a hoodie that zippers over your entire head. Either way we're just lucky we don't live in China where public restrooms have a limit on toilet paper...https://www.areyouyou.eu/ https://www.wired.co.uk/article/avoid-facial-recognition-software http://www.urmesurveillance.com/urme-prosthetic/ https://cvdazzle.com/ https://www.facefirst.com/blog/amazing-uses-for-face-recognition-facial-recognition-use-cases/
60 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
Should you be concerned about facial recognition?
No this isn't 1984... Not yet at least... This week we break down everything you need to know about face recognition technology, the possible dangers of it, and some of the pros. Maybe it will even make you think the next time you use that dog cartoon face filter on Snapchat.https://www.eff.org/pages/face-recognition https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/09/05/more-than-half-of-u-s-adults-trust-law-enforcement-to-use-facial-recognition-responsibly/ https://www.csis.org/blogs/technology-policy-blog/how-accurate-are-facial-recognition-systems-%E2%80%93-and-why-does-it-matter https://www.npr.org/2021/01/05/953515627/facial-recognition-and-beyond-journalist-ventures-inside-chinas-surveillance-sta https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/to-board-a-plane-without-a-ticket-just-give-up-your-face-and-your-privacy/#:~:text=Business-,To%20board%20a%20plane%20without%20a%20ticket%2C%20just%20give,your%20face%20%E2%80%94%20and%20your%20privacy&text=NEW%20YORK%20%E2%80%93%20You%20won't,Put%20away%20your%20passport%2C%20too https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/13/what-are-deepfakes-and-how-can-you-spot-them
25 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Were we successful in buying NFTs?
We took our new NFT knowledge and put it to the test this week... We tried buying NFT's! And spoiler alert: we weren't as successful as we wanted to be. Listen in with us as we discuss the trials and tribulations of going to OpenSea and trying to buy an NFT!
65 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Should you invest in NFTs?
I know you're all wondering.... what exactly is an NFT? We were wondering that too. And honestly, even after doing this whole episode, we're still not sure that we really understand what's going on. But come along for the ride with us as we explain the word fungible, discuss the similarities between baseball cards and NFTs, and basically just try to understand what all the hype is about.Article Referenced:https://www.theverge.com/22310188/nft-explainer-what-is-blockchain-crypto-art-faq https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fintech-nft-data-idCAKCN2EB1I8 https://finbold.com/global-interest-in-nfts-soars-by-426-in-a-month-data-shows/ https://capital.com/best-nft-projects-10-picks-to-watch-in-2021
33 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Is going to a Christmas market worth it?
That's right ladies and gents, we went to a Christmas market just to get the inside scoop for ya'll. We ate food, took in all the string lights, spent money on things we don't need, and pined over some hot chocolate. We'll break it all down for you and let you know if you should spend your hard earned free time to trek into the city and visit one yourself. Then we'll break it down even further with some insider info Jamie got from a German colleague who knows the ins and outs of authentic European Christmas markets.
46 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Would Christmas markets reduce consumerism?
Are you a fan of string lights, hot chocolate, and shopping for handmade items from small businesses? As with any basic millenial, us too. That's why this week we're talking about Christmas markets. You know, the ones that in your head are a stroll through a light snow fall with a warm drink in hand, but in reality are elbowing through a crowd to look at a lot of expensive things. Although, we are definitely willing to take a trip to an authentic market in Germany to see if these markets are just the cure to typical consumerism.... https://fiveminutehistory.com/a-brief-history-of-christmas-markets/ https://www.german-way.com/history-and-culture/holidays-and-celebrations/christmas/christmas-markets-in-germany/ https://visitcroatia.com/the-history-of-europes-christmas-markets/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/1075514/preferred-purchase-locations-for-christmas-gifts-in-the-united-states/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/1190640/christmas-gifts-internet-france-containment-shopping-preference-online-offline/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/751223/christmas-markets-worldwide-by-country/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/368784/christmas-markets-europe-sales-value-by-country/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/503789/activities-planned-christmas-great-britain/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/950366/leading-15-christmas-markets-in-europe/ https://www.dangerous-business.com/german-christmas-market-musts/
24 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Was our Black Friday ruined by global supply chain issues?
How was your Black Friday? Kind of lame? Same here unfortunately... On this episode we talk about our Black Friday shopping experiences and determine whether or not the global supply chain ruined everything. Hint: the global supply chain has ruined Jamie’s cat’s diet.
49 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Why are car prices so insane right now?
You asked and we delivered… this week we’re breaking down the microchip shortage and what kind of havoc it’s wreaking on the auto industry. If you’ve looked into buying a car recently, you probably know that car prices are insane right now. But why is that? And when can we expect things to go back to normal? We’ll break it all down for you right here.Articles Referenced:https://www.popsci.com/technology/global-chip-shortage/ https://www.asml.com/en/technology/all-about-microchips/microchip-basics https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-microchip-1991410 https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2021/06/15/car-chip-shortage-2021/7688773002/ https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/car-chip-shortage-2021 https://www.motorbiscuit.com/what-do-semiconductor-chips-do-in-cars/
41 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
How much food truck food can we eat in one weekend?
Talking about food trucks all last week made us crave some good old fashioned food truck grub. So this week we went out and got some - and we're sharing all the details right here. Should you get a corndog covered in potato? We think you should. How about some craft ice cream? Definitely a good idea in our book. So grab a snack and come listen.
61 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Have food trucks increased in popularity over the past decade?
We know it's not really the season for outdoor dining... but honestly when is it not the season to eat everything... This week we're talking about food trucks! Jamie basically just wanted an excuse to talk about her favorite taco place again (Carlitos plz sponsor us). So take a listen and learn all about the history of food trucks and why it seems like they're everywhere these days.Articles Referenced:https://www.history.com/news/from-chuck-wagons-to-pushcarts-the-history-of-the-food-truck https://mobile-cuisine.com/business/history-of-american-food-trucks/ https://prestigefoodtrucks.com/2020/03/history-of-food-trucks-and-how-theyve-shaped-america/ https://www.6sqft.com/from-oysters-to-falafel-the-complete-history-of-street-vending-in-nyc/ https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=food%20truck https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/12/31/why-fast-casual-restaurants-became-the-decades-most-important-food-trend/ https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/09/food-trucks-one-way-to-eat-out-during-pandemic.html https://www.businessinsider.com/millennials-endanger-casual-dining-restaurants-2017-5 https://restaurantengine.com/rise-food-truck/ https://offthegrid.com/mobilefood/mobilefoodtrendsform/ https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/09/food-trucks-one-way-to-eat-out-during-pandemic.html https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-agenda-casual-dining-20170918-story.html
41 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Who had the best celebrity Halloween costume of 2021?
Here's a little extra treat and no tricks, kids -- although we (unfortunately) couldn't find a Spirit Halloween expert, we did find some celebrity Halloween costumes we want to talk about. Tune in to a special edition of NSSM, and see which costumes got us into the spooky spirit the most.https://pagesix.com/article/best-celebrity-halloween-costumes-2021/
62 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
How does Spirit Halloween make money?
We’re bAaAaCk! But unlike a poltergeist, you want us around. Especially after we left you alone for so long. But, rest assured, in order to show how sorry we are... we’re all treats, no tricks as we get back into the podcast swing of things talking about the true spirit of the spooky season: Spirit Halloween.Forbes.com - "Spirit Halloween's Scary-Good Strategy" TheList.com - "The Untold Truth Of Spirit Halloween" Indeed.com - "What does everyone do for a job after Halloween?"
70 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
What's the deal with the Olympics?
We're back, all you inquiring minds, and we are so, so sorry to leave you on read for so long. To make up for it and (honestly) because we can't really pass up a chance to discuss it, we decided to go for the gold and talk about the Olympics. So stretch out those hamstrings, everyone, and get ready for some education on the Olympics' history, some hefty stats, and, of course, Noreen and Jamie's mildly strong opinions on the 2020 Tokyo Games.“The Olympic Games” - History.com article “Visual Analysis of Olympics Data” - TowardsDataScience.com graphs “Rio 2016: The greatest show on Earth in stats” - BBC.com graphs
38 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Britney Spears Speaks Out (and other episode follow ups)!
With the breaking news of Britney Spears talking to the court about her conservatorship, we couldn't help but do a follow up episode! Listen now to hear our thoughts about Britney as well as follow ups on our episodes about the NCAA, the Supreme Court, and elections with ranked choice voting.
65 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Should student athletes get paid?
We know what you're thinking... those greedy colleges are at it again, taking all of our money -- and now they're even profiting off of us! But this week Noreen and Jamie are here to prove that isn't really the case. Although college athletes can make their universities a lot of money and definitely gain them notoriety, it's a complicated topic to consider if student athletes should be paid. What are the unintended consequences? Where is the money coming from? And why is the NCAA so adamant about keeping students from earning money even though they are the stars of the show? Deep dive into it all right here!
2 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
This week we're taking a break -- but don't worry! We'll hit you with some more quality content next week. Until then, cheers!
33 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
4 Day Work Week with Matt
We know you were all hoping for a peek behind the curtain, so this week we're talking to a very special guest -- Noreen's fiancé, Matt! He's the luckiest of all (not only because he gets to marry Noreen) but because he gets Friday off every week. We'll go over all the pros and cons of 4 day work weeks, working third shift, and what having a 3 day weekend means for vacation time.
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