Episode #28: Atomic Alcohol

In this episode, we stepped up to the bar and ordered a couple rounds of Atomic Alcohol. The podcast collected ten examples of nuclear themed wine, cocktails, and beer with names, history, or other interesting connections to nukes. Why do breweries and wineries go to the nuclear well so many times? Could a beverage change how you think about the atom? How many drinks can the podcast team have and still sound reasonably intelligent? Tim Westmyer, Gabe, and special guests Will Saetren (@WillSaetren) and Eric Gascho (@EricGascho) answer these questions and more.

Here is a slideshow of all the various beer and wine labels we imbibed:

 

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Before the bartender announces last call for atomic alcohol, we recommend checking out:

Special thanks to:

  • Tori Mason at Forbidden Root for the cans of Atomic Child
  • Tony Fitzpatrick and Robert Finkel at Forbidden Root for the interview
  • @VortexAeroMedia for sending the bottles of Atom Splitter
  • William Henry at Nuclear Wine, Chris Kotiza at Nuclear Nugget, and Steve at Cit of Cambridge Brewing for answering my questions about their beer
  • Outro music by Slim Gaillard and His Quartette (1945)

Here are some more resources to learn more about today’s episode:

Low-Yield Hot Take: Ant Man, the Wasp, and an ICBM

I really liked Ant Man and the Wasp, but the movie continues the flashback scenes showing the original Ant Man and Wasp riding a nuclear ICBM that travels through the air like a cruise missile and not through space like an ICBM.

I love the Dr. StrangeLove joke but come on, Marvel!

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Low-Yield Hot Take: Blade Runner’s Nuclear Plot Lost Like Tears in Fallout

1280_ryan_gosling_blade_runner_2049In Philip K Dick’s 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that forms the basis of the 1982 movie, a nuclear “World War Terminus” was responsible for post-apocalyptic San Francisco.

This is the reason why most animals are dead and humans use bioengineering and cloning to create artificial animals like snakes and robot cats. Radiation and nuclear war is also a motivation for people to move off-world (that and the fact each person who does gets their own replicant butler).

The 1982 movie doesn’t mention nuclear war as far as I can tell, but these plot devices of off-world colonies and artificial animals remain as holder overs. When I watch Blade Runner 2049 tomorrow at theNational Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution IMAX theater, I will keep an eye out for nuclear plot points.

Why Matt Damon is Not a Space Pirate…Just a Space Felon

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Our latest podcast episode on the nuclear nonsense in The Martian (2015) has space/maritime law guru Chris Mirasola get super critical about why Matt Damon might not actually be a space pirate.

Here is a great write-up of his argument:

“I love The Martian. However, until they find a way to introduce water to the surface of Mars we aren’t going to be getting any space pirates.

In the 1980s, the international community signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Think of it like the world’s constitution for the oceans. UNCLOS (as it’s called for short) outlines rules applicable to different maritime zones extending from a country’s coastline. All of these zones are explicitly defined as zones ‘in the sea.’

So The Martian made two interpretive errors here when it claimed that mars is international waters: 1) it mistakenly used rules that apply only to maritime zones to a place (Mars) where there is no marine environment, and 2) it overlooked the fact that UNCLOS rules are defined with reference to maritime zones extending from a country’s coast. No countries, no maritime zones.

Our Martian should have instead looked to the Outer Space Treaty for the applicable international rules. The movie is correct that countries cannot be sovereign over any extraterrestrial body. And countries retain jurisdiction over all their objects in space (it doesn’t matter that NASA is nonmilitary).

So the question becomes whether, for the purposes of U.S. domestic law, Mark Whatley (Matt Damon’s character) is illegally commandeering a vessel when he steps into the ARES 4 MAV without first getting permission from NASA. This might be true, though the Outer Space Treaty provides that all countries should give all feasible assistance to astronauts in distress. But even if he was violating U.S. law it would only make him a space felon — not a space pirate.

And while Matt Damon’s activity might violate NASA regulations, I’m guessing they wouldn’t be bringing disciplinary action anytime soon.”

Listen to the full Mini-Nuke Episode by clicking here.

Atomic Man – The First G.I. Joe?

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One of the first G.I. Joe action figures from the mid-1979s was Mike Power a.k.a. Atomic Man.

Basically a copy of the Six Million Dollar Man Steve Austin, Atomic Man came equipped with cyborg limbs where you could attached helicopter blades and other accessories sold separately.

Instead of a kung-fu grip, he had an ATOMIC Flashing EYE that would either irradiate his foes or at least greatly annoy them into submission.

Listen to our podcast episode on G.I. Joe: Retaliation on SoundCloud and all the other usual places: YouTube, GooglePlay, iTunes, the BET.