Sometimes you just want to listen to some people get off topic as quickly as possible.
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1:01:39Ned and Meg wander through the landscape of lagniappes, describing what we see as we go. In this episode we discuss the etymology of the word “lagniappe” and where the whole idea of them originated. We chat about creole food too, and our seafood preferences before we discuss some of our favorite lagniappes like the ones that kids get at the dentist, in happy meals, at the Sanrio store, at grocery stores, Archie McPhee’s, and our favorite, the Hobonichi lagniappes. Thanks for listening, give someone in your life a lagniappe! Wash your hands, don't be a dick.
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1:13:49Ned undertook a new hobby and tells Meg about his recent experiences with watercolors. Meg is a huge fan, so this was an easy podcast this time! We talk about how Dungeon23 was Ned’s gateway into watercolor painting and its incredible versatility and portability as an artistic medium. We discuss the difference between glutinous paints and glutenous foods. We explore binders, pigments, papers and paints! We chat about illuminated manuscripts and Chinese landscape painting. We also muse about Studio Ghibli and Top Craft whose use of watercolor paint for background artwork in films is really lovely. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick.
1:11:20Ned and Meg discuss verisimilitude in a number of contexts ranging from philosophy to art and in the experiences of everyday life. We talk about capturing and conveying truth, and how two truthful things can be closer or farther from THE truth than each other, but how to measure that? We glance over some philosophers along the way as we discuss writing, movies, paintings, expertise, identity, hermeneutics, medicine, Mark Twain, and a future in which the only reference materials are romance novels. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, try to stay healthy, don’t get anyone sick, don’t be a dick, all the things.
DIY City Megalomaniacs
1:11:57Ned and Meg revisit a topic we love as we discuss the sheer madness of some of the proposed domestic mega-projects around the world. We’re talking about DIY Cities, and boy are there a lot of these popping up -- but only in the hypothetical so far! We talk about Charlie Munger’s Death Dorm again, plus NEOM’s impossible, sideways skyscraper called The LINE for which people have already died, as well as a totally bogus city of dildo buildings in Senegal named for a one hit wonder in the 2000s American R&B scene. But really, all of this is just to get to the discussion of the one that takes *our* cake so far, Kenya’s Konza Technopolis which is ironically the most likely to succeed logistically but which probably would be the worst to actually live in socially. Join us in complaint, and disbelief. As always, thanks for listening, send us an email if you feel like it, don’t get anyone else sick, and don’t be a dick!
Backhanded Compliments, Just Like Grandma Used to Make
1:16:01Ned and Meg give each other some familial support in the form of backhanded compliments. You know the ones! Why praise someone when you can infantilize them as well? We get off topic and discuss NFTs, Ned’s coffee regimen, lifting people up just to drop them, the fall of the crypto scam empire, and finally, we share with you the best art snack so far, a discussion of the Bobby Fingers diorama of Mel Gibson’s colorful 2006 Malibu arrest. Enjoy! Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick.
Carrot Cake and Murder Hoboism
1:23:23Ned and Meg get Ned’s take on reducing sugar, Christmas food cravings, YouTube videos about cake and theater set design, the history of DND, the revival of Old School Renaissance which is not the carrot cake you remember, plus actual Carrot Cake’s much less sweet culinary origin story. Join us! Wash your hands, thanks for listening, don’t be a dick!
Germany Super Friends
1:07:25Ned chats with some new characters, or new to listeners anyway, in Germany, on a fabulous trip, with super friends. This episode sort of comes full circle for FCBM because right after the podcast started there was a similar trip to Germany and here we find ourselves again! Milestones. Join Ned while he speaks to his expat friends living in Germany!