It’s a real pleasure to be able to present the 100th episode of FiST Chat. We went into production at the start of 2011 after Ben recognised that we had the technology capable of putting together a weekly episode even though we live 500 miles apart. As we’ve mentioned before, we would not have been able to produce FiST Chat the way we do even two years earlier. The time seemed right to give it a go, and so we did.
From the start our aim was to create a weekly show and forum that would connect our personal interests in Film, Science and Technology to other like-minds via the Internet. It was meant to be fun for us and hopefully engaging for the audience we were hoping to find. After two years on this interesting and quite spontaneous journey in to the world of pod/vodcasting, we’ve amassed a catalogue of absorbing, curious and at times amusing episodes. Along the way, we’ve also been lucky enough to also accumulate a loyal audience who share the same interests as Ben and myself, something that is testimony to the power of the internet to connect people wherever they are in the world.
Whether you’ve been following us from the start, or have only joined us recently, it is worth taking the time to browse through our back episodes. You will not only see the show evolve technically (thanks Ben!), but also content develop along the FiST Chat theme lines. Best of all though, there are plenty of episodes that give background information on popular science and film topics, and this can be used as a starting point to make your own investigations into the subjects discussed.
As a starter for those looking to investigate our most popular episodes, I’ve included a list of the top ten vodcasts based on the FiST Chat YouTube channel at the beginning of 2013. This does not include views on our other channels or downloads of our audio MP3s.
Interestingly, 4 of our top five videos viewed on YouTube involve Apple products and it will be very interesting to see whether or not this trend continues. Certainly the last two years has seen Apple reach a zenith, both in terms of product superiority and the stock-market. However, as we discussed in FC83: Apple Wins Big Over Samsung, this might prove a pivotal point in the company’s history. The opposition are catching up, and they now need to break new ground once again, this time without the legendary Steve Jobs.
FC 21: The Effects Of Caffeine, seems to be a perennial favourite that just keeps attracting viewers. No doubt it has to do with the fact so many of us now depend on this amazing drug to be productive. This episode uncovers some of the mystique around caffeine, how it works and what it does to you.
The remainder of the episodes are all science topics that have captured the public imagination as news items. The Higgs-Boson, life on other planets, artificial intelligence and travelling at light speed are all fun topics that incorporate aspects of science fiction with science fact. There are plenty more episodes like this in our catalogue if this is your area of interest.
And squeezing into the top ten is FC 60: Maths Is Fun which includes an appearance from Australia’s national numeracy ambassador and stand-up maths comedian, Simon Pampena; who really is a lot of fun.
So to all of you, wherever you are in the world, thank you for following FiST Chat. Feel free to keep sending us ideas for topics, joining in the discussion and sharing in our weekly chats on everything Film, Science and Technology. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I hope we can keep entertaining you well into the future.
Watch FiST Chat 100: Apple News, Caffeine & 100 Episodes for more on this topic.