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Ep. 30 Planning and Goal Setting (AKA the last one)

2/9/2018
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In the final episode of The Best Way to Explain It, Breckan explains Planning and Goal Setting giving a few examples of each. Topics covered include organization of planning and SMART goals.

Duration:00:36:01

Ep. 29 The B-Theory of Time

2/5/2018
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That’s right, we’re back again to talk about time, only this time, we’re talking about the B-Theory of Time. I’m going to quit saying time. I do my best to explain Special Relativity to Breckan, who makes several terrible analogies that completely miss the mark. It’s okay though, I’m here. Guys, I love talking about time. It’s one of the most interesting topics that I’ve ever encountered, and there’s a lot more we could have gotten into if it weren’t for our…time constraints (okay I...

Duration:00:54:00

Ep. 28 Hockey

2/2/2018
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Breckan explains some basics about hockey including icing and offsides. A fun quick episode sure to entertain you much more than any NBA regular season game ever will since we all know it's Cavs/ Warriors in the finals. Aside from hockey you'll also hear some fun basketball bashing in case you like that kind of thing.

Duration:00:31:16

Ep. 27 The A-Theory of Time

1/29/2018
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What is time? It’s a question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists alike for centuries and believe it or not, there’s still disagreement. In this episode, I’ll take you through one of the leading theories of time among philosophers today: the A-Theory (or dynamic time, or tensed time, there’s seriously a bunch of different names for it). And if you’re still lost by the end of it, then just be like Breckan and pretend you understand everything. This is one of my favorite topics in...

Duration:00:53:59

Ep. 25 Flavor

1/22/2018
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Have you ever wondered why you like certain foods more than others? It’s an interesting question, and one of the many things we talk about in this episode. I’ll give an overview of all of the different aspects of flavor, including taste, smell, and even appearance. I’m fairly certain Breckan is drooling by the end of it. Another thing we learned in this episode is the myth of the so-called taste map on the tongue. Apparently, when we were taught that certain areas of the tongue only taste...

Duration:01:13:07

Ep. 24 Stock Markets

1/19/2018
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Breckan explains stocks, stock markets and other financial related topics in his debut 2018 episode. Scott sits there like a buffoon while he hears about the differences between primary and secondary markets, differences between regular and roth-401(k)'s and IRAs. If you're looking for a quick way to understanding the basics of investing and the stock markets this is a great episode to check out! investopedia.com

Duration:01:04:00

Ep. 23 CGI in Movies

1/15/2018
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We back! In this episode, I talk about some of the CGI techniques used in the movie industry and how different movies have impacted the development of this technology over the years. You’ll learn how Westworld is the first movie to really use a lot of the techniques we see today, such as color separation and raster graphics. We also talk a lot about your favorite movies, including how much time and effort it took to create Toy Story. I don’t go terribly in depth with a lot of the CGI...

Duration:01:04:27

Ep. 22 The Year End Extravaganza! (with Sam Olson)

12/29/2017
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It’s the last episode of the year, and that means we’re doing something special. Hopefully, y’all have learned a lot listening to this podcast over these past 4 months or so. I know we certainly have. With that being said, we wanted to do something a little different and more laid back to end the year. And in order to do that, we needed some reinforcements. These reinforcements came in the form of my brother, Sam Olson, who joined us for this episode. We were really excited to get Sam on...

Duration:00:54:11

Ep. 21 Christmas Traditions

12/25/2017
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Breckan returns again to explain Christmas Traditions for our first podcast releasing on Christmas. Included in this episode are a list of 11 popular traditions around the world as well as the story behind Santa Claus. Plenty of fun was had for this one and we hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Explanation starts here: 3:50

Duration:01:05:37

Ep. 20 Free Will (with Tim Stratton)

12/22/2017
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Are our thoughts and actions really “up to us?” Or are they determined by factors outside of our control? That’s the question Tim Stratton seeks to answer in this episode as he breaks down the debate surrounding free will. As our first guest, it might also be the first time we’ve had an expert on the show. Tim is a good friend of mine, a PhD candidate in systematic theology at North West university, and the founder of Freethinking Ministries. He’s written extensively on the topic of free...

Duration:01:59:24

Ep. 19 Concussions

12/18/2017
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Breckan returns to explain the ins and outs of concussions and CTE. Topics including the movie 'Concussion' are discussed as well as a possible solution to the problem that may make you think about why pads for football players have become so big lately. Links published soon. Explanation starts here: 3:57

Duration:00:49:06

Ep. 18 Bitcoin

12/15/2017
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I’m solo in this episode, as I take on a topic that I find fascinating. In this episode, I discuss both the economics and the underlying technology of Bitcoin. I cover stuff like blockchain technology, digital signatures, and the subjective theory of value. If you don’t understand what Bitcoin is, this is the episode for you. I’ve spent a lot of time researching the technology behind Bitcoin, so this will definitely clear some stuff up. If you’re considering investing in Bitcoin, it’s...

Duration:00:44:22

Ep. 17 Net Neutrality

12/8/2017
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You've no doubt heard of Net Neutrality, but maybe you don't know what the debate is all about. I'm sure you've seen the calm, measured, nuanced responses from both sides as you've perused the Internet looking for information. Sarcasm heavily implied. But seriously, this issue is so heated that I thought it was a good idea to outline the relevant regulation and legislation. I've split this episode up into two parts. The first part of the episode (the first 30 minutes or so) is just my...

Duration:01:36:32

Ep. 16 High Ankle Sprains & ACL Tears

12/4/2017
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Breckan discusses a couple common injuries, high ankle sprains and ACL tears. Scott also gets a quick ego check in a fun and quick episode filled with a few anecdotes about personal experience with injuries. This episode was another great suggestion given to us by Drew through our website's suggestions function: thebestwaytoexplainit.com/suggestions Don't forget to drop a rating and review on our itunes page and send a screenshot to Scott at scott@thebestwaytoexplainit.com. Explanation...

Duration:00:40:31

Ep. 15 The Internet (Part 6)

12/1/2017
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We’ve promised this day would come, and it has. The final episode in our series on the Internet. This episode is all about the application layer of the Internet. What does that even mean? Well, each application that uses the Internet needs to have a format by which it can communicate with other applications. This layer is all about the different protocols that are used. Not only that, but you’ll learn what exactly it is you’re doing when you’re surfing the World Wide Web. Scott talks about...

Duration:00:56:58

Ep. 14 The Basics of String Theory

11/27/2017
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Breckan discusses the basics of string theory in this quick episode. Fundamental particles, forces, and some intertwining of relativity and quantum mechanics are discussed as well. Don't forget about our Amazon Echo giveaway, send Scott a screenshot of your review at scott@thebestwaytoexplainit.com and you'll be put in for a chance to win an Amazon Echo. Topics for a better understanding of String Theory: Relativity Quantum Field Theory Quantum Mechanics Loop Quantum Gravity (A Competing...

Duration:00:48:27

Ep. 13 The Internet (Part 5)

11/24/2017
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It’s the fifth episode in the Internet series, and this week Scott is talking about the transport layer of the Internet. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Up until this point, we’ve established the physical connections used, as well as having set up all of the networking concepts. Now we need to define what it means for information to be transmitted between applications. We’ve got one episode left in the Internet series, so we hope you’ve been following along. If not, you can...

Duration:00:54:14

Ep. 12 Facial Expressions

11/20/2017
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In this episode Breckan discusses another suggested topic, this time Facial expressions and how they affect emotions. The universal acceptance of certain facial expressions is intriguing to a lot of people. Research into this field leads down a rabbit hole involving emotions and stories about LA cops deciding that someone may have dangerous intentions simply through facial expressions. If you find a topic you'd like to research but don't have the time check out the...

Duration:00:56:05

Ep. 11 The Internet (Part 4)

11/17/2017
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IP addresses? Packets? Routers? If those words bring fear to your mind, don’t be scared any longer. Scott and Breckan break down the network layer of the Internet and help give you a crash course in networking. Maybe you’ll find out that the Internet isn’t that scary after all. Hopefully the information given in this episode will help you solve a few of those issues you might have had with your home network situation. If you learn nothing else from this series on the Internet, you’ll at...

Duration:00:58:45

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