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A conversational podcast on anything from politics and pop culture to the universe and the meaning of life.

Latest Episodes

#18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)

Joined by subject expert Nisansa de Silva, we bust some myths about AI and its applications, while exploring the challenges in AI development and the inevitable social, economic and political implications it poses. Nisansa de Silvais a doctoral candidate at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. His research interests are in the area of Artificial Intelligence, specifically, in the sub-domains of; Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Data mining. Nisansa is currently on study leave from his position of lecturer at the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa. He is a polymath of sorts and has a wide range of interests including history, philosophy, linguistics, mythology, pop culture and classical music. Nisansa is on Twitter at @NisansaDdS. Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode18 Support us on Patreon and get exclusive extras: thebadtake.com/patreon Credits: Soundtrack - Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw Background image - Brett JordanonUnsplash --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

88 MIN3 w ago
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#18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)

#17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando

We caught up with sports writer Andrew Fidel Fernando for a chat on his first book, the well received travelogue Upon a Sleepless Isle. Andrew is a prolific sports writer with a penchant for incisive analysis of all things cricket. He is also a historian and travel writer, and his new book Upon A Sleepless Isle has been well received both here and abroad. He is on Twitter at @afidelf Andrew's book, Upon a Sleepless Isle, is available in select bookstores, Takas.lk and Amazon. Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode17 Support us on Patreon and get exclusive extras: thebadtake.com/patreon Credits: Soundtrack - Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw Background image - Ashwin on Instagram --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

70 MIN2019 NOV 22
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#17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando

#16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings

EThis edition of our At the Movies episodes is a somewhat belated discussion on Tarantino's latest outing and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese's remarks on the MCU. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode16 --- Music used in this episode: Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On ( WMG on behalf of Atco) Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

36 MIN2019 NOV 4
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#16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings

#15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society

EWe're back after a while with another movie episode. This time we talk about the new Joker and the controversy surrounding it. Is it worth the hype? --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode15 --- Music used in this episode: Gary Glitter - Rock & Roll Part 2 ( The Orchard Music, On behalf of: Snapper Music) | Hildur Guðnadóttir - Escape from the Train (Joker OST) | Frank Sinatra - That's Life ( Warner Music Group) Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

29 MIN2019 OCT 12
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#15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society

#14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka

EFrom Doo Daruwo to Soora Pappa, from Rookantha to Bathiya & Santhush, the 1990s saw an unprecedented boom in popular entertainment in Sri Lanka that defined an entire generation. This is a look back at the glory days. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode14 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

84 MIN2019 JUN 26
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#14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka

#13 Catching up on Twitter

EWe're back after a bit of a hiatus. So much has happened since you last heard from us. Particularly on the online space. This is a brief look at what's been going down. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode13 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

31 MIN2019 JUN 11
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#13 Catching up on Twitter

#12 Cosmic Musings: Are we living in a simulation?

EAre we living in a simulation? The idea is not a new one. It's been a sci-fi staple for years. But more and more scientists are taking it seriously. This is an attempt to understand the implications of this question. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-12-cosmic-musings-2-are-we-living-in-a-simulation-d43d41612865 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

33 MIN2019 APR 20
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#12 Cosmic Musings: Are we living in a simulation?

#11 Cosmic Musings: Where are all our neighbors?

EGiven the sheer number of stars in the universe – over 200 billion in our galaxy alone, in a universe of two trillion galaxies – chances are, we are not alone. And yet, we have yet to see a shred of credible evidence for life outside our little cosmic corner, let alone intelligent life. The silence is deafening. Are we really alone? --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-11-cosmic-musings-1-where-are-all-our-neighbors-1b7534fd1405 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

45 MIN2019 FEB 18
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#11 Cosmic Musings: Where are all our neighbors?

#10 Congested

E"You're not stuck in traffic. You are traffic." So goes the adage. But is that always true? What explains the bumper to bumper traffic jams we find ourselves in almost every day, slowly driving us all insane? Is there a solution in sight? This is our attempt to answer some of these questions. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-10-congested-2844ac2023d9 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

45 MIN2019 JAN 29
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#10 Congested

#9 A Conversation with Ajay Kamalakaran

This week, we're joined by journalist turned author Ajay Kamalakaran based in Mumbai, India. He talks about, among other things, his latest work, a short story collection centred around a remote island in Russia. Ajay Kamalakaran is a writer and journalist based in Bombay, India. He is currently a columnist for the Malayala Manorama, one of the most widely read publications in India. A veteran on Russian affairs, he was the editor of Sakhalin Times in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from 2003 to 2007. He has also been a columnist and editor with Russia Beyond The Headlines, an international multimedia publication, based in Moscow. Ajay on Twitter: @AjayKamalakaran Ajay on Facebook: Ajay Kamalakaran Buy Ajay’s book, Globetrotting for Love and Other Stories from Sakhalin Island on Amazon, or contact us at thebadtake [at] gmail [dot] com (if you’re in Sri Lanka.) --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-9-a-conversation-with-ajay-kam...

83 MIN2018 DEC 31
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#9 A Conversation with Ajay Kamalakaran

Latest Episodes

#18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)

Joined by subject expert Nisansa de Silva, we bust some myths about AI and its applications, while exploring the challenges in AI development and the inevitable social, economic and political implications it poses. Nisansa de Silvais a doctoral candidate at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. His research interests are in the area of Artificial Intelligence, specifically, in the sub-domains of; Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Data mining. Nisansa is currently on study leave from his position of lecturer at the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa. He is a polymath of sorts and has a wide range of interests including history, philosophy, linguistics, mythology, pop culture and classical music. Nisansa is on Twitter at @NisansaDdS. Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode18 Support us on Patreon and get exclusive extras: thebadtake.com/patreon Credits: Soundtrack - Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw Background image - Brett JordanonUnsplash --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

88 MIN3 w ago
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#18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)

#17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando

We caught up with sports writer Andrew Fidel Fernando for a chat on his first book, the well received travelogue Upon a Sleepless Isle. Andrew is a prolific sports writer with a penchant for incisive analysis of all things cricket. He is also a historian and travel writer, and his new book Upon A Sleepless Isle has been well received both here and abroad. He is on Twitter at @afidelf Andrew's book, Upon a Sleepless Isle, is available in select bookstores, Takas.lk and Amazon. Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode17 Support us on Patreon and get exclusive extras: thebadtake.com/patreon Credits: Soundtrack - Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw Background image - Ashwin on Instagram --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

70 MIN2019 NOV 22
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#17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando

#16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings

EThis edition of our At the Movies episodes is a somewhat belated discussion on Tarantino's latest outing and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese's remarks on the MCU. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode16 --- Music used in this episode: Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On ( WMG on behalf of Atco) Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

36 MIN2019 NOV 4
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#16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings

#15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society

EWe're back after a while with another movie episode. This time we talk about the new Joker and the controversy surrounding it. Is it worth the hype? --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode15 --- Music used in this episode: Gary Glitter - Rock & Roll Part 2 ( The Orchard Music, On behalf of: Snapper Music) | Hildur Guðnadóttir - Escape from the Train (Joker OST) | Frank Sinatra - That's Life ( Warner Music Group) Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

29 MIN2019 OCT 12
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#15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society

#14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka

EFrom Doo Daruwo to Soora Pappa, from Rookantha to Bathiya & Santhush, the 1990s saw an unprecedented boom in popular entertainment in Sri Lanka that defined an entire generation. This is a look back at the glory days. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode14 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

84 MIN2019 JUN 26
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#14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka

#13 Catching up on Twitter

EWe're back after a bit of a hiatus. So much has happened since you last heard from us. Particularly on the online space. This is a brief look at what's been going down. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode13 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

31 MIN2019 JUN 11
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#13 Catching up on Twitter

#12 Cosmic Musings: Are we living in a simulation?

EAre we living in a simulation? The idea is not a new one. It's been a sci-fi staple for years. But more and more scientists are taking it seriously. This is an attempt to understand the implications of this question. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-12-cosmic-musings-2-are-we-living-in-a-simulation-d43d41612865 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

33 MIN2019 APR 20
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#12 Cosmic Musings: Are we living in a simulation?

#11 Cosmic Musings: Where are all our neighbors?

EGiven the sheer number of stars in the universe – over 200 billion in our galaxy alone, in a universe of two trillion galaxies – chances are, we are not alone. And yet, we have yet to see a shred of credible evidence for life outside our little cosmic corner, let alone intelligent life. The silence is deafening. Are we really alone? --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-11-cosmic-musings-1-where-are-all-our-neighbors-1b7534fd1405 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

45 MIN2019 FEB 18
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#11 Cosmic Musings: Where are all our neighbors?

#10 Congested

E"You're not stuck in traffic. You are traffic." So goes the adage. But is that always true? What explains the bumper to bumper traffic jams we find ourselves in almost every day, slowly driving us all insane? Is there a solution in sight? This is our attempt to answer some of these questions. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-10-congested-2844ac2023d9 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-bad-take/message

45 MIN2019 JAN 29
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#10 Congested

#9 A Conversation with Ajay Kamalakaran

This week, we're joined by journalist turned author Ajay Kamalakaran based in Mumbai, India. He talks about, among other things, his latest work, a short story collection centred around a remote island in Russia. Ajay Kamalakaran is a writer and journalist based in Bombay, India. He is currently a columnist for the Malayala Manorama, one of the most widely read publications in India. A veteran on Russian affairs, he was the editor of Sakhalin Times in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from 2003 to 2007. He has also been a columnist and editor with Russia Beyond The Headlines, an international multimedia publication, based in Moscow. Ajay on Twitter: @AjayKamalakaran Ajay on Facebook: Ajay Kamalakaran Buy Ajay’s book, Globetrotting for Love and Other Stories from Sakhalin Island on Amazon, or contact us at thebadtake [at] gmail [dot] com (if you’re in Sri Lanka.) --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-9-a-conversation-with-ajay-kam...

83 MIN2018 DEC 31
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#9 A Conversation with Ajay Kamalakaran
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