Sometimes you just want to listen to some people get off topic as quickly as possible.
Which Troops to Support in the War on Xmas, 2023 Edition
1:06:52Ned and Meg revisit their annual tradition of asking no one in particular whose troops we should support in the war on xmas. This year we discuss how Target is targeting your kids for targeted indoctrination with targets. Or, gay nutcrackers. It’s hard to say. Just think of the children. We also take a stab at people who pose, dangerously we may add, with high powered firearms in photos celebrating the co-opted birth of Jesus, a man who would probably faint at the sight of painted wood, since we’re told he was a woodworker of sorts.
Billy Wobble Pitchfork and His Lesser Known Short Form Sketch Comedy
1:11:08Ned and Meg talk about William Shakespeare. Was he a lone wolf? Or was he an old timey Banksy, an art genius at the helm of an art cabal? Maybe he was both or neither. We are not Shakespeare experts. Meg also tells Ned about a harrowing visit to the Stratford Upon Avon home of William Shakespeare, if that even is his real name. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick, read Shakespeare.
Themed Nervous Breakdowns
1:33:06Ned and Meg discuss the various thematic elements of our multitudes of nervous breakdowns, be they big or small, exceptional or pedestrian. Themes include having shingles, caffeine induced nervous dysfunction, medical debt, disability, medical treatment abroad versus at home in the US of A, insurance, academia, drugs, wine culture and climate. Phew! You’ve been warned. We also throw in cake related nervous breakdowns just for funzies. We also coin a new term for seeing things, the verbs 'rodding and coning' (you’re welcome) and we offer two exceptional colors of the day which couldn’t be more on-theme for this podcast if we did them on purpose. Enjoy, and thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick!
Where R all teh Editors?
1:00:53Ned and Meg discuss the disappearance of the editing profession. Editors are losing their toehold in the workplace! We discuss what we think led to the loss of so many of these crucial professionals who make us not sound like idiots when we write. See? Everyone needs an editor. We also discuss ChatGPT for a hot second, the advent of which we feel is tied to the loss of editors in some ways. As always, thanks for listening, wash your hands, consume less, don’t be a dick!
Lacks at Last
1:19:24Ned and Meg discuss the history of, and legal settlement between, Henrietta Lacks’s descendants, her cells, and Thermo Fischer Scientific. This is a celebratory episode and a little more produced than our normal fare, so thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick!
Nanners, Nanners, Self-Congrats
1:09:35Ned and Meg solve a problem, which is that Meg couldn’t get some candy so Ned had to mail it 2000 miles and it finally arrived so you get to hear all about it! But before we get to that, we sold 13 of our books and we talk about that along with hummingbirds, our podcast ranking in Ireland, our book ranking in the genre of Humor-General, the You Me Food Review and Peter Draws channels both of which you find on YouTube, and whether the show Succession is funny. Phew! Get our book, Every Time a Bell Rings on Amazon and laugh 65% more of the time! Thanks for listening, wash your hands, welcome the Spring, don’t be a dick.
Long Story Short, The Episode
1:05:18Ned and Meg celebrate the return of Lauren as our guest-host-comrade. We chat like old times about whether you’re supposed to swim on an empty or a full stomach, exposure therapy, how a once-disgraced-but-not-really-disgraced germline-editing doctor is back on the science scene, Ned’s progress in Dungeon23, Camaro cars, and the merits of the movie Harold and Maude. As always, thanks for listening, don’t be a dick, wash your hands, do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return.
1:06:31Ned and Meg discuss the invention of the Asterbang, not to be confused with the Interrobang, which we have discussed at length in other episodes. Today we want to introduce a new concept in grammar and punctuation to you but first we talk about how much we hate advertising, and how bad our parents are at the internet. We round out with a revisit of Chesterton’s Fence and Meg’s comparison to colonial discourse. Plus, we publish a book, and, Balloonacy. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick*!
2:03:47Ned and Meg and Damon discuss the Oceangate submersible scandal, which we obviously dubbed OceanGategate, but first we discuss the sinking of a fishing vessel near Greece involving hundreds of people. Our discussion of OceanGategate centers around the many design flaws of the OceanGate Titan submersible, since this is ostensibly an art and design podcast. This one is pretty dense so strap in. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick!