Episode 030 - William Wong

Special episode with William Wong, Senior Building Analyst at WeWork. We mostly eat cereal and talk about the topology of food. 



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Show Notes:

  1. WKRP in Cincinnati was a sitcom about oddball staff at a Cincinnati radio station that was on TV from 1978 to 1982

  2. Brian has voice immodulation disorder

  3. Tyler Goss suffers from misophonia

    1. So, for example, he wouldn’t appreciate this

  4. William works at WeWork, a coworking company, where he implements new technologies and ways of thinking by adopting software development and BIM

  5. The millennials at WeWork sometimes have “cereal Friday,” where for some reason no one over the age of 28 understands, it is fun and novel for adults to purchase and consume cereal

    1. Apparently they do not enjoy cereal as much outside of the workplace, as they would then be forced to do their own dishes, which is a skill they do not possess due to baby boomers being terrible at parenting and also terrible at not ruining the economy

  6. In cereal or otherwise, fuck low-fat milk

  7. A cereal wet dream: marshmallow-only Lucky Charms

  8. If you don’t Instagram what you eat, have you really eaten it?

  9. Rene Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy

  10. FIKA is the Swedish coffee joint where Brian and Zach meet their guests every Saturday morning before recording the podcast

    1. How to make Swedish Egg Coffee

    2. Brian’s favorite: Swedish Vacuum Cleaner Cake

  11. William is getting us the coveted Yale demographic

    1. Also Brian is looking for a way to get into the Yale Club

  12. A mathematician’s tips for the perfect March Madness bracket

    1. You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand that reading the article above would be pointless

    2. Brian’s tip is to have no knowledge whatsoever about basketball

  13. Students are really intelligent about selecting colleges

  14. Pop-a-Point Pencils

  15. Whole milk makes Zach whole gassy

  16. What’s at stake in the FBI vs. Apple encryption battle?

  17. Slurp it up, y’all

  18. The history of Lucky Charms “marbits”

  19. Google’s Project Tango is a handheld device equipped with sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, etc.) that can construct virtual models of the spaces around you through realtime point cloud scanning and mesh reconstruction

    1. It’s basically just the Prometheus tunnel-mapping drone

    2. It is also capable of finding hot young singles in your area

  20. William is actually 14 and Doogie-Howsered his way into the industry

  21. Brian swiped right so hard on William he broke his arm

  22. Brian would rather find girls in the meatspace

  23. William grew up in Coney Island

  24. Hubert Selby Jr.’s cameo in Requiem For a Dream (Selby Jr. wrote the novel the movie was based on)

  25. Jennifer Connelly and 2 out of the 3 Beastie Boys went to St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights

  26. Brian once got extra IKEA Swedish meatballs for wearing a Beastie Boys concert shirt

  27. Zach takes his twins to IKEA for dollar breakfast and drawing with golf pencils

    1. It’s the Downey version of the Brady’s going to Sears

  28. The Warriors’ path from the Bronx to Coney actually started in Riverside Park, Manhattan

  29. Bensonhurst’s 86th St makes appearances in the opening of Saturday Night Fever and the chase scene in The French Connection

  30. Don’t worry William, McDonald’s has added the McGriddle to it’s All-Day Breakfast Menu


  31. Is a hot dog a sandwich?

  32. Do you know a heel from a crown?

  33. All burgers are sandwiches but not all sandwiches are burgers

  34. Hot dog buns are the bivalves of the bread world

  35. A burrito is a hot dog topologically

  36. We are not here to give you a happy ending

  37. The Ivy League is a sham

  38. Yale’s early exit from March Madness can be explained by the fact that they were playing their 2nd string rapists

  39. 99% Invisible episode on designing prisons

    1. Not to be confused with Designing Women starring Blanche Dubois

      1. Oh wait Blanche DuBois is a fictional character in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

    2. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starred together in Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail which take place in the South Pacific, Seattle, and New York, respectively

  40. I bet the “You’ve Got Mail” guy gets so much asss

    1. But clearly not as much as the “OK Glass” girl

  41. Slack is just Google Wave is just an AOL chatroom is just IRC

    1. a/s/l?

  42. The history of hashtags

  43. That weird Twitter period

  44. Kaizen, or Continuous Improvement, is a strategy where all employees proactively achieve regular, incremental improvements in a manufacturing process

  45. Here’s a guy just sitting and smiling for 4 hours. Oh also this is NUMBER 25 OUT OF 196

  46. The Spyro Egg Thief is a dick

  47. Dreamcast consoles made before October 2000 can run games burned to CDs

    1. And then Sega just kind of gave up


  48. The UFO Super Drive Pro 6 for Super Nintendo/Super Famico allowed users to save games to floppies

  49. The Virtual Boy made you cross-eyed and pukey

    1. For extra puking, try emulating the Virtual Boy in your Oculus Rift

  50. AR vs VR

  51. Alexa has an API!

    1. Alexa runs off tiny animals like a Flintstones appliance

  52. Who pays for porn?!


Lightning round:

  1. What book(s) are you reading?

  2. What music are you listening to right now?

  3. What’s your favorite sci-fi film?

  4. What’s your favorite retro-game?

  5. What’s your favorite childhood cartoon?

  6. Who’s your favorite TMNT villain?

  7. If you could have a tea party with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

    • William and three mirrors

  8. WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE???!!! In one sentence.

    • The physical manifestation of a society’s idealized vision of their way of living

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