The 9pm Arch Window of the Technological Cold War Butt-Mouse

Ren Zhengfei

In this episode we discover the cause of international conflict, we learn the precise secrets of foreplay, and Nicholas Fryer gives us the latest on prime minister Scott Morrison.

We also hear about the problems faced by the knitting community, Mars, masturbation, latte sippers, light bulbs, election statistics, and the impending technological Cold War.

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  • An experimental new Internet-based form of money is created that anyone can generate at home; people build frightening firetrap computers full of video cards, putting out so much heat that one operator is hospitalised with heatstroke and brain damage.
  • Nicholas Negroponte (born December 1, 1943) is a Greek American architect. He is the founder and chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, and also founded the One Laptop per Child Association (OLPC).
  • The D'Hondt method or the Jefferson method is a highest averages method for allocating seats, and is thus a type of party-list proportional representation. The method described is named in the United States after Thomas Jefferson, who introduced the method for proportional allocation of seats in the United States House of Representatives in 1792, and in Europe after Belgian mathematician Victor D'Hondt, who described the methodology in 1878.
  • Is the screenshot of “Nazis” and “Jews” trending in Australia real? Because this is what I have just now.
  • A barchan or barkhan dune (from Kazakh ?????? [b?????n]) is a crescent-shaped dune. The term was introduced in 1881 by Russian naturalist Alexander von Middendorf, for crescent-shaped sand dunes in Turkestan and other inland desert regions. Barchans face the wind, appearing convex and are produced by wind action predominantly from one direction. They are a very common landform in sandy deserts all over the world and are arc-shaped, markedly asymmetrical in cross section, with a gentle slope facing toward the wind sand ridge, comprising well-sorted sand.
  • By the way, Mars is covered with vast fields of Star Trek logos. (link:
  • IMPORTANT POLL: Is Mars a bullshit planet, as any right-thinking person will confirm?
  • This is a recognition that the zillions of apparently non-pathogenic bacteria on and in human bodies, hitherto largely ignored, are actually important for people’s health. They may even help to explain the development of some mysterious conditions.
  • The town of Tsagaannuur, located near the border between Mongolia and Russia, was recently sealed off following the deaths of a local couple who contracted the plague from eating the raw meat and organs of an infected marmot, Ariuntuya Ochirpurev.

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Series Credits

[Photo: Huawei’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei photographed during “A Coffee with Ren” in 17 June 2019.]