Episode 109 – Clam Slams and Poster Jams

00:00:00 – This week the Paleopals are joined by Giacomo Bernardi from UCSC. He filmed fish using tools for the very first time, and is happy to tell us all about just why that’s so awesome. Make sure to watch the video below and experience the glory for yourself!

00:34:04 – Tool use is not just required for cracking clams, but also for cracking open cold ones, even if Patrick is the only one with a beer. Charlie and Ryan bourbon each other while Kelly tries to make due without her usual bartender.

00:40:33 – It’s all for one and every Paleopal for themselves with this week’s trailer, The Three Musketeers in 3D! Will it live up to the 1993 classic?

00:53:49 – Patrick reports on his trip to the annual meeting of the GSA (not Gamers Sitting Around), the Geological Society of America (though some would argue it should be Geologic Society of America). He gave a talk, but you listen to him talk just about every week, so we thought we’d give some other people a chance. He mixed it up in the poster sessions and interviewed a bunch of undergrads and grad students about their research in a range of topics, from the timing of glacial retreat in the Himalaya to the best way to paint rodent teeth. Small warning: audio quality is maybe not all that it could be given that Patrick is waking around a giant concrete floored hall with geologists drinking and talking in the background.

01:36:43 – PaleoPOWs are lot like poster sessions. Crowded, loud, and full of lingering doubts. Patrick has a website comment from Hannah concerning last week’s Kraken discussion. Kelly has an e-mail from John about catching up on the show and collective nouns for mascots. Ryan has a tweet from @DocBuckets about the Podcast Awards (still some time left to vote!) concerning conflicting podcast interests. And Charlie has a voicemail from the Pangster who still can’t tell the difference between Charlie and Patrick.


Charlie is going to be on The Weekly Weinersmith! Ryan did an iFanboy special edition show! We’re everyone! But our home is the Brachiolope Media Network, so stop by anytime.


Music for this week’s show:

Come Together – Blur

Big Eyed Fish – Dave Mathews Band

The Night and the Liquor – Elvis Perkins

No I in Threesome – Interpol

Posters – Jack Johnson

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5 Responses to Episode 109 – Clam Slams and Poster Jams

  1. Rob 27 October 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I’m a bit ashamed to say that I have to agree with the Pangster – I can’t tell the difference between Charlie and Patrick either! I’ve listened to everything since episode 27, and yet I’m still terrified that one time I will randomly meet you guys and I will make a fool out of myself by screwing up who I am talking to. That said, both Charlie and Patrick have insightful and witty comments in each episode they’re in, so in the end it doesn’t matter if I can’t tell the difference between them – the show is great no matter what. Keep up the great work!

  2. ray 27 October 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Why didn’t you come by my poster?!? Also there’s more soft rock cause it’s better.

  3. a whiff of grapeshot 2 November 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Hello, fellow paleopals,
    I’m a saltwater aquarium hobbyist and a budding marine biologist. Your recent interview about the wrasse that “uses” tools was really interesting. In fact, I’ve been trying to get the word out on this “new behavior” on the aquarium/hobbyist forums. Thanks for reporting on this subject and I’m looking forward to the day you cover more marine related issues.
    Science IS in my heart, I promise,
    a whiff of grapeshot
    P.S. Could you do a segment on the coelacanth just for fun?

  4. a whiff of grapeshot 2 November 2011 at 1:04 am #

    (i forgot to give you this link to where i’ve been posting this info- http://www.reefaddicts.com/entry.php/27706-This-fish-is-a-bad-wrasse!

    “Make mine Marvel!”


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