Two Vague

Two Vague

Two Vague is a 2 player cooperative conversation program which starts with a focus word and ends on the topic of video games. Each episode contains a blend of interview questions, trivia, storytelling, improvisation and pop culture discussions.

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May 15, 2022 75 min

Dr. Tahnee is back in studio to provide her expert opinions on the subject of translation!  Ben may not be a “Spoony Bard” but all of his base do belong to them… as they discuss the intricacies of communicating source language content successfully in a target language.  What does translation success mean or even look like?  Listen in to their discussions and find out! 

00:00:20 - This week Ben and Tahnee are talking about the word ...

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This week Dr. Tahnee is back to discuss the word translation, but first we call up Aunt Norah!  She has 3 questions that are perfect for our guest’s chosen profession / field of expertise.  Discussion topics include: gender pronouns, learning languages, discriminatory tendencies in AI, and linguist centric humor

00:00:22 - Many hellos to / from Norah, and Ben’s “hot take” on media reviewers today 00:02:07 - How are gender non-speci...

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May 1, 2022 62 min

The one and only Aunt Norah is in town this week to see her favorite (?) nephew Ben, or perhaps it’s just to record a show about the word metaverse?  Who’s to say?  They do have differing views on what it is and what it could be; however, it’s a very interesting discussion from a generation X-er and a Baby Boomer just trying to make sense of it all.

00:00:21 - It’s a dry heat, and starting off the show with TWO questions from my Au...

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April 23, 2022 62 min

This week Paul joins Ben to discuss the word virtual.  Topics covered include: virtual experiences present and future, programming languages, virtual software environments, pioneers of the home computing industry, pondering the uses of virtual reality in the future, and envisioning improvements to VR hardware.

00:00:30 - “Jinx, you owe me a coke” 00:03:01 - “Does technology make us more or less virtuous?” 00:05:55 - The game Ben ca...

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April 16, 2022 68 min

Andrew is back in Tucson with Ben this week, and it’s about time… figuratively AND literally!  Andrew shares stories about teaching, inspirations for his novel, his favorite authors, riding the light rail in Portland, and dreaming about acronyms.  Ben talks about Choose Your Own Adventure books, a mildly disappointing reality show, a favorite time loop movie filmed near his home town, and the arcade game “Time Killers.”

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April 9, 2022 75 min

Philosophy student Jenna and Generation X-er Ben are talking about the word morality this week, but before they get started on this thought provoking topic… they have a “warmup chat” with Norah.  After the official show introduction Ben and Jenna dive in to the discussion… and it goes to some unexpected places.  Video games mentioned include the GTA franchise, Call of Duty, Dante’s Inferno, the Mass Effect franchise, Fallout 3, and...

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April 1, 2022 15 min

Ben is excited to tell you about Two Vague’s work on their “Only Fans” page!  Additional topics include a brief summary of the OnlyFans platform, some interesting facts about fans, (maybe fictional) details about 2VPs “Only Fans” page, one of Ben’s favorite commercials, his time with a sequel in the Horizon franchise, and some trivia about… “April Fools Day!”

00:00:40 - Some information about OnlyFans, and our announcement 00:02:00...

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March 27, 2022 74 min

For this week’s discussion, Ben (and an incredibly vocal Mango who presumably was confused with Ben appearing like he was talking to himself for an hour and a half) is joined by Aunt Norah for a somewhat unfamiliar word to both of them, but it’s nothing that can’t be cured by some research and questioning of Chicago restaurant waitstaff.  Topics of discussion include Lunchables, Economics, “The Problem with Jon Stewart”, cryptocurr...

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March 20, 2022 77 min

Paul joins Ben this week to discuss the word drive.  The conversation focuses mostly on professional racing due to Paul’s enthusiasm about the topic, but Ben has a few trick questions, some trivia, and maybe a golf club up his sleeve.  Paul shares his knowledge of Formula 1 and NASCAR racing with Ben, and they both reflect upon their favorite console driving games. 

00:00:35 - Paul gets right to the point… “speed run” and F1 00:05...

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March 13, 2022 77 min

This week Emelie joins Ben to discuss the word travel.  First they talk about the interesting places they have each been for work and pleasure.  Driving, flying and riding the train are just a few of the modes of transportation discussed before Ben talks about two ridiculous travel themed “games.”  To close out the show Emelie and Ben share their international and domestic dream vacations: Tokyo, Stockholm, the Grand Tetons, and a ...

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Spring Break season is upon us, and you know what that means… it’s time for a philosophical debate?  Sure, let’s go with that.  Norah had a question about “Episode 34 - Space” for my guest Paul, so we called her up and recorded her for the program.  We ended up talking about the vastness of space, Ben’s lack of knowledge when it comes to automobiles, and the “Metaverse”.

00:00:52 - “It’s an uncle-free zone here at the Two Vague Po...

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February 27, 2022 80 min

For this week’s episode (nearly lost to the evils of SD card data corruption), Cheyenne is running the show!  Cheyenne and Ben talk about Fight Club, their favorite John Hughes films, their favorite characters from pop culture (too numerous to mention individually), and their favorite video games for character customizations.

00:00:30 - Role reversal, consolation prizes, and character 00:03:30 - Meatloaf dead on a table and a Figh...

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February 19, 2022 80 min

Paul joins Ben this week to talk about a very expansive word… assorted nerd-geekery ensues on the subjects of telescopes, aliens, Star Wars, Dune, and other memorable science fiction media.  They only scratch the surface of science fiction space games, but their favorites include a list of recognizable properties (to non-Norah’s) and one forthcoming new Bethesda project that Paul hasn’t heard of.

00:01:55 - Ben and Paul talk about...

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February 12, 2022 66 min

Ben and Cheyenne are incredibly excited to talk today, but it could just be the word… HYPE (insert airhorn noise here)!  Ben educates Cheyenne on “hype men” in the music of his youth, Public Enemy’s song/video “By the Time I get to Arizona,” the air horn, Beanie Babies, and assorted documentaries.  When the conversation turns to video games, they discuss Cyberpunk 2077, how to promote games successfully with an appropriate level of...

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February 5, 2022 70 min

Ben is joined this week by Judy, a rugby player for the Colorado Grey Wolves in the WPL (http://wplrugby.org).  They talk about Judy’s “origin story” and the ins and outs of the game of rugby.  It’s a subject that Ben has very little knowledge of, but his eagerness to learn inspires Judy to teach him the basics.  In the last portion of the show, Ben shares his passion for video games with Judy by showing her trailers for a number o...

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January 29, 2022 57 min

Ben shares never before heard clips from a few previous shows.  Subjects include social media trends, sex toys, old game shows, movie aliens, stop motion animation, and nostalgic games.

00:00:20 - Ben’s introduction of the “Clip Show” and the first two clips  00:01:45 - Evan tries to explain ASMR, POV experiences, and Mukbangs 00:04:45 - Rachel doesn’t like ASMR and Ben talks about a Mukbang dating show. 00:07:35 - Ben introduces ...

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January 21, 2022 54 min

Emelie and Ben discuss what the word resolution means to them.  Emelie reflects upon her 2022 resolution, a past relationship, the game “It Takes Two,” and watching Star Wars with her big brother.  Ben talks about vector graphics, Aggretsuko, mental health, and early games developed to be played on an oscilloscope. 

00:00:20 - Introducing Ben, Emelie, and word resolution 00:04:03 - If there’s a party, Ben’s not going to turn it do...

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January 15, 2022 59 min

For the word zodiac, Ben talks about his hesitations when it comes to astrology, sitting in the broadcasting booth at the Oprah Winfrey show, Starscrolls, the game Hades, and the Rogue-like game genre.  Phoenix shares her thoughts on daily horoscopes, chart reading, the differences between Greek and Roman mythology, looking for purpose in life, her fascination with serial killers, fashion marketing, sharing feelings, people watchin...

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January 8, 2022 67 min

Tarot is the word for Jenna and Ben this week.  Jenna talks about her Catholic upbringing, spiritual experiences, and reflecting on the meanings of tarot cards.  Ben asks (MANY) questions about religious beliefs and rituals, but he has a couple of stories.  They also discuss using tarot as a guide, GTA, FIFA, and navigating life.

00:00:20 - Jenna is pretty good, Ben is fine, and the word is tarot  00:01:53 - The swords, the pentac...

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December 31, 2021 83 min

Closing out 2021, Ben is joined by Arden to discuss the word tool.  Ben talks about Alfred Nobel, remembering his father’s neatly organized tool areas, Eric Sloane books, the “infamous staircase of family legend”, fishing at Lake Julian in Cary, IL (which still operates today), and the band Genesis.  While Arden talks about his favorite tools, builders in the 1100s, thinking that fishing was scary and gross at a young age, his “jac...

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