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75 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
Stream of The Endless – This is Only a Test 660 – 8/12/22
We've got The Sandman on the mind as Norm reviews the new Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic series this week, as well as the best Predator movie maybe ever in Prey. Plus, thoughts on Samsung's Unpacked event, Amazon buying iRobot, and the 90th anniversary of LEGO!
63 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Crisis on Infinite Streaming Services – This is Only a Test 659 – 8/5/22
What a week. From the passing of cultural icons like Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell to the chaos around the Batgirl movie, we could take a breath to process major news as it broke from minute to minute. We discuss our hopes for the future of HBO Max and DC, get pumped for Andor, and get an extended return of A Moment of Science!
60 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
The Multiverse Saga – This is Only a Test 658 – 07/28/22
We're back after a week off to talk about our blitz through San Diego Comic-Con and all the bit movie announcements from the weekend's Hall H panels. We discuss the vibe on the show floor and our favorite booths as well as break down Marvel's Phase 5 and 6 reveals. Plus, what's going on with VR hardware pricing increases?
59 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Strange New Worlds – This is Only a Test 657 – 07/15/22
It's a big week for science and science fiction as Norm and Kishore are joined by science communicator Ariel Waldman to geek out about the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope (aka. Jelly Welly Space Telly). We also review the first season of Star Trek Strange New Worlds (very minor spoilers within) and get hyped for Comic-Con! Thanks to Ariel for joining us this week! You can sign up to get dispatches from her Antarctic expedition here: https://mailchi.mp/arielwaldman/updates-from-antarctica and get notified when her book Out There is available to order here: https://www.amazon.com/Ariel-Waldman/e/B015SGHJSQ/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk
63 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
Super Size Cosplay – This is Only a Test 656 – 07/08/22
As convention season starts to pick up, this week's episode is all about the incredible large size cosplay builds we've seen. Special guest Allison Chase joins us to talk about her journey making showstopping cosplays such as her Power Loader from Aliens, Snowball from Rick and Morty, and My Neighbor Totoro's Catbus that Adam saw at MegaCon last year! Thanks so much to Allison for joining us this week! You can find her work at https://www.instagram.com/aachase1401/ https://firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.instructables.com/member/AllisonC74/
65 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
Star Trek Starships – This is Only a Test 655 – 7/1/22
We have an interview special for you this week as Norm is joined by Tested contributor Sean Charlesworth and modelmaker Bill Krause to geek out about Star Trek's starships, and pay tribute to modelmaking legend Greg Jein. We recap our visit to Bricks by the Bay, hear about this year's Wonderfest modelmaking show, and learn how Bill and Sean worked together to make scale model starships that appeared in season 2 of Star Trek: Picard! Thanks to Bill for being our guest this week! Follow his starship builds at https://www.instagram.com/admiralbuck/
82 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Visual Turing Test – This is Only a Test 654 – 6/22/22
The prodigal podcaster returns! Jeremy comes back for a special episode of the podcast as we discuss our recent trip up to Reality Labs Research to demo Meta's prototype VR headsets. We also chat about Top Gun in 4DX, LEGO's new 90th anniversary sets, and rank the films in the Toy Story franchise. Of course, there's also a pinball update--it's been too long!
65 minutes | Jun 11, 2022
Fandom Propaganda – This is Only a Test 653 – 6/11/22
Kishore and Norm return from some travel and share some of the things we saw at Monsterpalooza as well as at the National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. We fawn over Strange New Worlds and break down the incredible Ms. Marvel debut. We also recap the most notable and bizarre things to come out of Apple's WWDC keynote. Plus, what's up with all the recent AI-generated imagery being shared on social media lately?
71 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Celebration 2022 – This is Only a Test 652 – 6/3/22
Norm and Kayte are joined by special guest Adam Russell of the Thank the Maker podcast this week to recap their adventures at this past weekend's Star Wars Celebration convention! We talk about our favorite sights from the show floor, that incredible Mandalorian exhibit, the new shows announced, and the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi! Minor plot spoilers within! Thanks to Adam Russell for joining us this week! Find him and the Thank the Maker podcast at: https://anchor.fm/thankthemaker https://twitter.com/thankthemaker https://twitter.com/AdamTheSkull https://www.instagram.com/thankthemakerpod/ https://www.instagram.com/adamtheskull/
79 minutes | May 26, 2022
Choose Kindness – This is Only a Test 651 – 5/26/22
We take a moment to acknowledge the tragedies of the past two weeks, and attempt to keep the rest of the show light to take a breath from the intensity of the news. From an upcoming family road trip to Star Wars Celebration to the return of Tom Cruise running on the biggest screen possible, here's what we're looking forward to over the next week. Plus, a moment of science returns as Kishore breaks down some new research data about long Covid. Thanks as always for choosing to spend an hour each week hanging out with us.
77 minutes | May 19, 2022
Pop Culture Power Hour – This is Only a Test 650 – 5/19/22
As we approach the debut of the Obi-Wan show, we discuss all the nuggets of Star Wars news revealed in the recent Vanity Fair feature. Kishore and Norm also react to the She-Hulk teaser, ponder Stan Lee's future in the MCU, and are wowed by two newly announced LEGO sets. Plus, some spoiler-light thoughts on the Picard season 2 finale and a mini Spoilercast review of Dr. Strange In the Multiverse of Madness at the end of the show!
79 minutes | May 13, 2022
Ctrl-F For Real Life – This is Only a Test 649 – 5/12/22
On the night after Google I/O, Kishore and Norm pod up to discuss the new Pixel devices announced and teased, and break down the augmented reality demos shown. We also share thoughts on the Moon Knight finale (spoilers within!) and compare notes on the technology of the Avatar 2 teaser. Plus, the end of the iPod era!
58 minutes | May 5, 2022
Punished Props Catch-Up – This is Only a Test 648 – 5/5/22
On Revenge of The Fifth day, we catch up with our friends Bill and Brittany Doran of Punished Props Academy to talk about their recent prop builds, 3D modeling for prop building, and diving in to CNC machining for their next projects. We also hear how they balance their content creation schedule with personal hobbies and travel, and geek out over the Star Wars trailers and news that came out this past week! Check out the Punished Props Fusion 360 3D modeling tutorial here: https://www.punishedprops.com/shop/fusion360-beginner-course/
75 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
A Disturbance In The Timeline – This is Only a Test 647 – 4/28/22
A whole lot of news to cover this week as Norm and Kishore digess Twitter's takeover and potential future, the trailers and announcements from Cinemacon, Meta's Quest gaming showcase, and the coolest drone video we've ever seen. Plus, an update on Kishore's EV quest!
74 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Wilsonnnnnn! – This is Only a Test 646 – 4/22/22
Love and Thunder are upon us as we react and break down the new Thor trailer, get excited for a new Star Wars game announcement, and discuss the hand-tracking 2.0 update for Quest. Prop maker Ben Eadie also joins us to detail his recent RC Wilson build for Tom Hanks and catch up on his latest projects. Plus, it's time for Kishore to embark on an EV quest!
71 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Mid-Season Thoughts – This is Only a Test 645 – 4/14/22
Kishore's back from a hiatus and we catch up with our sweet quiche to talk about Picard, Moon Knight, and swoon about Severance. Plus, the first look at PlayDate hardware in the hands of reviewers, driverless cars shenanigans in San Francisco, and that photo of Bill Gates checking out augmented reality hardware.
78 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Video Production Q&A – This is Only a Test 644 – 4/7/22
Joey joins Norm for a duocast to pick up where we left off last week answering some listener questions about Tested's video production, and to chat about his new pizza-making video series Getting Doughy with Joey! We talk about virtual production technologies, the return of the Monkey Island game franchise, and the big Star Trek news that just dropped. Plus, a bit of sci-fi pendantry in a rant at the end of the show!
56 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
One Perfect Shot – This is Only a Test 643 – 3/31/22
The tambola of guest hosts continues to revolve this week as Norm is joined by Tested's own Joey Fameli and new producer Josh Self in his podcast debut! The three talk about Josh's backgound in production and the making of our recent Bond-inspired dart blaster video, as well as dive into recent films like The Batman. Plus, we watch HBO Max's One Perfect Shot documentary series, and give a spoiler-free review of the first episode of Moon Knight! Thanks to Joey and Josh for joining this week! You can find them online at https://twitter.com/joeyfameli and https://twitter.com/puppetflesh
66 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Galactic Starcruiser – This is Only a Test 642 – 3/24/22
We're talking Star Wars this week as Norm is joined by guest host Kayte and special guest Adam Russell of the Thank the Maker podcast to talk about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser! Adam and his friends actually embarked on the two-day immersive Star Wars hotel, and answers our burning questions about the experience. No major spoilers here either! Thanks to Adam Russell for joining us this week! Find him and the Thank the Maker podcast at: https://anchor.fm/thankthemaker
52 minutes | Mar 19, 2022
Star Gazers – This is Only a Test 641 – 3/18/22
Science communicator and explorer Ariel Waldman guests on the podcast this week to talk about her recent and upcoming expeditions, what it's like packing for a monthlong trip to Antarctica, and the joys of microscopy. Plus, we discuss the first two episodes of Star Trek: Picard's second season and our hopes and predictions for the rest of the series!
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