Episode 416: Home Improvement FAQ

This episode contains: Ben Lawless here to talk about the 4,747 ep of Star Trek… NOPE! Not this time! An episode with just Devon and Steven. Ben’s out cause he was tired. Waah-waah. Apparently American Standard Toilets have a 3-inch hole. That’s news to Devon. Devon & Steven have been fixing house stuff, flinging $%^* across the bathroom. Bob Villa was a real guy, Steven. He also was Tim’s nemesis on Home Improvement. We’re not the DIY House Podcast. This is a podcast about science & science fiction.

Aw, Trippy, Man: Man’s Digits Turn Blue Due To Rare Side Effect Of Heavy Cannabis Use. Cannabis arteritis causes necrosis after heavy cannabis use, but is very rare. There’s been only 50 cases between 1960 and 2008. If you start getting gangrenous fingers, consider stopping using cannabis.


Existential Crises: Risk of volcano catastrophe ‘a roll of the dice’, say experts. Nice use of dice rolling sound effects by Steven. Forget asteroid collision. You may die from a large volcanic eruption. The world is unprepared. There is a Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge. Whoa. The CSER says we have been underestimating the risk of volcano eruptions. 1815 was the year without summer, after a magnitude 7 eruption in Indonesia. Just another thing to add to your list of existential crises to worry about. Volcanic Devastation is still a pretty cool band name.


Science Fiction: Still just Steven and Devon during the science fiction portion. House of the Dragon seems like a good mix of early and latter Game of Thrones. House of the Dragon is an adaptation of a book with unreliable narrators and has a narrower focus than Game of Thrones, to it’s benefit. The Sandman is high concept weird stuff, but SOOO GOOD. Steven says Devon would love The Sandman just for the visuals, and so would you. Why can’t She-Hulk look as good as The Sandman? Is She-Hulk just a cameo show? There’s something missing. Devon liked Pam & Tommy on Hulu, with Lily James, Sebastian Stan & Seth Rogen. Somehow, Devon’s on a real Home Improvement kick this episode. Will Ben ever forgive us for talking about Star Trek without him? Boimler works at a raisin vineyard?! Star Trek Lower Decks has amazing writing. Rick and Morty is returning soon! Devon enjoyed rewatching the last 2 seasons. Devon says Beavis & Butthead Do The Universe is… not bad? Devon is really enjoying Little Demon on FX, with Danny DeVito and Aubrey Plaza. Steven and Devon don’t know how to end the show without Ben there.