By Dani Wright & Alex May
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Dani Wright and Alex May used to make games together in Kyoto. Now they live continents apart. Join them as they meet once more at Station 13.
||Clean43: Road Egg||Special guest Chris joins Dani and Alex to talk about Scandinavian hot dogs, Thunderbirds, and Japanese learning, before both Chris and Alex give their thoughts on games development for VR. What are the unique challenges facing VR developers, and how sh||2/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean42: Billy Colony||Alex tells Dani all about his trip to Scotland, and Dani shares a weirdly emotional experience. They explore what the latest in Japanese scientific research has to say about the relationship between tea and influenza, and what the ramifications are goin||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean41: Tor the Bluetoothen||Dani and Alex reflect on the year gone by and plan for the year ahead. They exchange resolutions, until Alex can no longer contain his enthusiasm for… rechargeable batteries.||12/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean40: Merry Christmas, Mum, here’s a fish||Alex and Dani talk briefly about Christmas, but mostly about DAWs, music technology, and the balance between updating software and avoiding bloat.||12/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean39: It’s like nerdy paintball||Dani and Alex talk about the recent California wildfires and compare American and Japanese face masks, before thinking about the Japanese approach to health generally. Dani introduces Alex to the concept of live-action role-play (LARP), and stands read||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38: Mouse Valhalla||Alex and Dani get together to talk about Alex’s new mouse, living life in the terminal, email conventions in the English-speaking world and Japan, and Alex’s latest music recommendations.||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37: 70% technique and 30% artistry||Dani makes a purchase, and Alex waxes lyrical. They talk about ramen and watches, before addressing the vital questions of the day: is a DJ a musician, and what makes a programmer a programmer?||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36: Greater than zero attractions||Alex and Dani get back together after their various sojourns abroad. Dani finally fulfils his New Year’s Resolution during his trip to Spain, meanwhile Alex gives his impression of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Oculus Connect conference. Both s||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: The crossover event everyone's been waiting for||Charlie from A-Town FM and Dani from Station 13 get together for this special crossover episode! They compare shows before diving deep into mastodon: the technical details, the good, the bad, and the ramifications of some of its fundamental decisions.||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Dangerous Gearcident Territory||Dani and Alex get a bit geary as Alex has a new guitar! They talk Fender, Gibson, single-coil vs. humbucker pickups, playing with a pick vs. playing fingerstyle, and Dani’s weird Epiphone Stratocaster.||9/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Toot!||Alex gets the lowdown from Dani about his recent move, which prevented the last show from being recorded! Dani has also moved much of his social networking presence to mastodon, while Alex has been taking some time out from being online recently. We l||8/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: A bit of murder always gets ’em||Dani and Alex brave the heat to get together and talk about language learning apps! Alex has been using DuoLingo recently, while Dani has been using Memrise, so they compare the two offerings based on their own tastes and experience. Finally, Alex giv||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Committee of nerds||Alex finally watches Blade Runner 2049 with proper sound, which has him thinking about apocalyptic science fiction tropes. Dani is sceptical about AI. Alex’s son watches Star Wars for the first time. Dani is sceptical about the “Let’s remake St||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Post-dark, pre-black||Dani and Alex get together just after Sweden’s midsummer festivities, which sets them off on a path thinking about traditional festivals around the world. They talk a little bit about Japan’s approach to religion, as well as some of the not-necessa||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: It's a bongo!||Alex manages to get his hands on some Yorkshire Tea in Sweden! Dani gives an update on how his first online bilingual D&D game went, and they discuss the phrase coined by St. Vincent, “sell your own myth, but never buy it”.||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Tea malfunction||Dani buys some gear; Alex tells us all about his monumental gig and about the latest advances in instrument tuning technology. They also discuss GDPR (the ship that launched a thousand emails), and the merits of various computer keyboards.||6/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: I curate the people||Alex and Dani reminisce about news aggregators old and new, Alex forgets what a C# is, and Dani looks for answers in the pages of Marcus Aurelius.||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Sensible Water Units||Dani talks about his trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and gives us an update on his progress with Spanish. Alex falls off his skateboard, and makes a recording with his father.||5/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Before you say “no”, just hear me out||Alex gives us his impressions of Boston and tells us all about the latest game from Vitei Backroom, Paper Valley. And having seen it on the plane, he is finally ready to join Dani in an analysis of Blade Runner 2049.||4/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: This guy’s not a real person, he’s British||Dani invites special guest Temma onto the show to talk about his experiences as a Japanese person growing up in England, before eventually moving back to Japan as an adult. After that, they talk at length about the history of the ancient and...||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: It’s a trap!||Alex is back from Finland, and Dani is deactivating his Facebook account. They talk UI/UX, and the relative merits of considered design and user customisability, in the context of digital audio workstations and text editors. Discuss this episode on...||3/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Everything's physical in the end||Alex is travelling to Finland, and Dani is playing Alto’s Odyssey on iOS. They talk Grand Prix, games emulation, and digital archival in general, before disagreeing about the audio quality of vinyl records, and pondering the ramifications of...||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Slow news day||Dani celebrates the arrival of his new fridge, before Alex quizzes him on fountain pens, paper, ink, and all things stationery! Alex laments the surprising amount of paper he’s had to deal with in Sweden, but applauds the lack of paper money....||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Crossing the road, having a bath||Alex and Dani compare American and Japanese gyms (or at least their amenities), Alex gives us a band update, including a discourse on the Swedish singing voice, and Dani embarks on his latest linguistic adventure. Discuss this episode on reddit at...||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Elastic ball of rice-mass||Dani has a new computer, Alex has a new band, and together they embark on a discussion of musicianship in Sweden and Japan, DuckDuckGo’s new privacy plugin, and ad blockers in general. Discuss this episode on reddit at /r/Station13, or contact us on..||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: The full duplex||Alex and Dani compare Christmas and New Year in English-speaking countries and Japan, which leads to a long tangent about Japanese trains, drinking, and business culture, before finally returning to New Year and telling each other their respective...||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Spoilers start at 40 minutes||Dani and Alex talk about Boxing Day and similar festivities, and briefly discuss colour schemes for text editors, before getting to the real meat of the show: their thoughts on the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. Discuss this episode on reddit...||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Beige Lamborghini Countach||Alex and Dani finally talk about videogames! In this episode, they each recount the computers of their youth and the games they played on them: Dani had a ZX Spectrum and Alex went from the Apple II through the Commodore 64 and finally onto the...||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: A man who kicks koalas||Dani and Alex discuss the effects of Wikipedia and the internet in general on the whiling away of time, before paying tribute to Malcolm Young. Alex is still searching for a band in Sweden. They end by taking a deep dive into various task management...||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Fat strokes||Alex and Dani talk about comedy across different cultures, the inexorable creeping darkness of the coming Swedish winter, Twitter’s move to increase tweet lengths to 280 characters (so long as you’re speaking the right language), Reddit chat, and...||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: A-delayed||Dani and Alex discuss the quirks of daylight saving time and international timezones in general, which for one week only has brought them an hour closer together. Alex grounds his cables and fixes the resultant buzzing, while Dani introduces two new...||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Easy Money||Alex and Dani serve up a platter of little topics, including: Alex’s new microphone, the reputation of different countries for their food, more on Facebook’s business model, the recent WPA2 KRACK exploit, movies and science fiction, last week’s...||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Ischial tuberosities||Dani and Alex catch up on Sweden vs. Norway, before Alex reviews his new chair, which has finally arrived! They talk about typeface design and the changing face of the font industry, switching from Google to DuckDuckGo, and whether or not there is any..||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Some kind of Eurovision||Alex and Dani discuss their international presence, and try to inspire a bit of friendly competition between Sweden and Norway. Dani follows up on studying Japanese using the AJATT method, and Alex looks forward to beginning his study of Swedish. Alex..||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: That’s just your arm||Dani attempts to explain to Alex the appeal of black metal, which naturally leads to a conversation about jazz fusion and highly technical music in general. They make their first attempt at talking about language learning, but inevitably get...||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Cushioned where it counts||Alex is looking for a new office chair now that he’s found a place to live in Sweden. Dani saw the Great American Eclipse (partially), and talks about his visit to one of Amazon’s new physical bookstores. Contact us on twitter! Alex is @ATYPE808,...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Medieval Pro Wrestling||Dani completes a multi-wedding tour of England. Alex gets his flight upgraded on the way to Sweden. Both of them remain awed by the majesty of space, and repulsed by the infamous KIX-SFO morning sandwich. Contact us on twitter! Alex is @ATYPE808, Dani..||8/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: You can't make sushi without good fish||Alex triggers a brief metaphysical digression on the nature of time and space, and Dani clarifies some of the points made last episode about internet security. Alex’s watch needs a new strap, which prompts a discussion about the pleasure to be...||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: The legacy of Stephen’s Steely||Dani and Alex talk about games they used to play as children, Dani’s recent Skype hack and how you, dear listener, can avoid the same fate, and the merits of open source software. Contact us on twitter! Alex is @ATYPE808, Dani is @danielpwright, or...||7/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: You got me, guv'nor||Travel tips from Station 13! Alex shares advice he learnt during his honeymoon in Greece and Germany, and Dani talks about the best places to have a sit down and a think in Kyoto. Alex watches a video of sumo-wrestling robots, which naturally leads to..||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Anti-plausible||Alex and Dani talk briefly about frogs in Japan before embarking on a beautiful journey through E3, superhero comics, MacGyver, the Silmarillion, and Greek mythology. Contact us on twitter! Alex is @ATYPE808, Dani is @danielpwright, or you can...||6/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Zero Overkill||Dani and Alex go over the results of Dani’s recent driving test. They talk about the fifth incarnation of the Japanese indie games festival, BitSummit, where Alex’s studio won an award! Finally, Alex waxes lyrical about the ancient Japanese...||6/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Red means “go carefully”||Alex and Dani discuss Dani’s upcoming driving test, automatic vs. manual transmission, and driving in California. Alex introduces the podcast, and Dani talks about switching his email provider from Google to FastMail. Follow us on...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Totally worth a listen
A Brit and Aussie who met while living in Japan, now catch up with bi-weekly chats from their new homes in California and Sweden. Delightful conversations between two interesting people with contrasting personalities and life experiences. Recommended.
Two Nerds, Talking
As noted by another reviewer, these gents really nail the “Two Dudes Talking” format. However, I think what makes this show so interesting is not just down to their cultural backgrounds (UK/Australia/Japan/Sweden/USA). When their interests do overlap, they will of course geek out, and I always find it entertaining to listen to enthusiasts on any topic.
However, I think the most interesting discussions occur when the Venn diagram of their personalities *doesn’t* overlap, because almost always, I learn something new in the process. It helps that these guys are both quite insightful, but in differing ways: where one is erudite the other is worldly-wise, which provides many opportunities for analyzing a topic from multiple interesting angles. (I’ll let them decide which of them is which.)
It is these perspectives on various topics — but also how they map to their real lives — that make the show shine. Unlike a lot of other podcasts, these two gentlemen have lived around the world, so the show is at its best when they are discussing not just their own perspectives on a topic, but how it maps to their varied experiences.
Fantastic "Two Dudes Talking" Podcast
Like Hello Internet, Dani and Alex really seem to double down on all of the things I love about "Two Dudes Talking" style podcasts.
They use their different experiences living in different countries and cultures to make even the most mundane topics engaging and super interesting. How does Japanese pedestrian culture compare to the UK? Or Austrailian driving tests to the US?
Combined with their passions (music, language, video game development, table tennis 😆) and you've got an entertaining show that leaves you knowing a bit more about the world after each episode.