High-low brow conversations about culture, science, and tech. With hosts Joey Camire, Aaron Powers, and executive producer/nerd herder Jess Vander.
213! Pondering Pettiness
37:43When or how or where are the places that we should be deploying pettiness and feel okay about it? This week, Joey, Oliver ... er ... Aaron, and Jess talk about petty/offense pairings, berms, feedback loops, Karens, The Pettisphere, and FAFO. They don’t talk about Jemelle Hill. references You don't know how it feels ... to set fire to the rain. Arena Is Free on Mortal Kombat Savannah James claps back Nancy Pelosi claps back The Atlantic: The Mythology of Karen The petticoat The not-very-petty mountain bluebird The very FAFO magpie A goose! So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
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28:57How do we navigate the tricky feelings? This week, Jess and Joey talk about whistling, the Circumplex Model of Affect, anger in the workplace, navigating of negative spaces, being a squeaky wheel, and heightened emotional points. They don’t talk about [insert missed opportunity, related subject, or correction that genuinely was not talked about]. references "The circumplex model of affect: An integrative approach to affective neuroscience, cognitive development, and psychopathology" by Jonathan Posner, James A. Russell, and Bradley S. Peterson The 16-box version of the Circumplex Model
211! Question Asking
44:51How do you ask a good question? This week, Jess and Aaron talk about 5-cent vs. 25-cent questions, tempo, performance question-asking, prioritizing curiosity over confidence, checking for clarification, and signposting. They don’t talk about Gang Starr. references Aaron's Lullaby Revisiting Critical Nonsense 174! Askers vs. Guessers and Working Hours Harvard Business Review: The Surprising Power of Questions The New York Times: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love Ryan Hall, Y'all America's Test Kitchen
210! Metering Confidence
31:09What's the best way to encourage people to own their confidence and speak their minds? This week, Jess and Joey talk about flatness, self consciousness, modeling vs. metering, explicit conversations, confidence intervals, and pants-pants. They don’t talk about Julie Andrews. references Six Thinking Hats: An Essential Approach to Business Management by Edward de Bono The New York Times: A Conversation With Bing’s Chatbot Left Me Deeply Unsettled Stratechery
209! Defining Cool
35:16What is "cool"? This week, Joey and Aaron talk about kinetic energy, Obama, privilege and power, nerds, Blackness, and fish sauce. They don’t talk about Freestyle Fellowship. references The Joey Sleeps Alone Tonight while Aaron Learns Damien Rice covering Sia's "Chandelier" How do you do, fellow kids? (the not-black version) Wondrium Daily: Why The Word ‘Cool’ Has Stayed Hot For So Long "I Like to Watch": Drag Queens Trixie Mattel and Katya React to Mean Girls Hank and John Green Quartz: How Black Americans have shaped cool globally Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness Corrections Department: Big Boi, not 3 Stacks, said "cooler than a polar bear's toenails".
208! The Exquisite Euphemism Corpse
48:44What do you think are the right places to deploy euphemisms, or should we abandon them altogether? How harmful is it to use euphemisms, and why not err on their side just in case? And, if we took all the euphemisms off the table, what do we do with language next? This week, Joey, Jess, and Aaron try out a new Exquisite Corpse segment where they pass along a conversation to each other one thought at a time. They talk about tech layoffs, pooping and peeing, the Space Shuttle Challenger, unreceptive audiences, buying used cars, the joy of playing with language, and protective speech. They don’t talk about exquisite jorps. references Explaining Exquisite Corpse, the Surrealist Drawing Game That Just Won’t Die The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster Revisiting Critical Nonsense 174! Askers vs. Guessers and Working Hours "Terminological inexactitude"
207! Competence, Constitution, and Control
36:52What are the things you are competent and interested in but constitutionally not disposed to engage with? And how do we deal with not ever being in control? [21:40] This week, Joey, Aaron, and Jess talk about jazz piano, The Trifecta of Making Things Happen, The Overachiever's Dilemma, facilitators of fastidiousness, expectations, and purpose. They don’t talk about The Perks of Being a Wallflower or Joy Division. references Mr. Joey's Lullaby Apropos of nada: "You DO doodle on the paper!" "Be water, my friend."
206! Wild Prognostications 2023!
1:17:28What's to come in 2023? This week, Wild Prognostications (finally) returns! Joey, Aaron, and Jess reunite in person to make their annual predictions for the new year. They talk about the impending demise of influencers [4:31], a rise in video game super-franchises [19:18], extreme-weather clothing [35:00], chickens as the new unicorns [51:05], checkers [59:11], and a seismic shift in dating [1:03:17]. They don’t talk about the Chicken Unicorn. references Rob Freund on Mikayla Noguiera The Dots: Deconstructing Influence by Joey "Sylvain Labs" Camire. Path The New York Times: We Should All Know Less About Each Other The New Yorker: How Harmful Is Social Media? Variety: Marvel’s Kevin Feige Doesn’t Think Audiences Will Ever Get Tired of Superhero Movies The Last of Us Podcast Paramount+: Halo Horizon Zero Dawn Hulu: Kindred Hulu: The 1619 Project Long Wharf Supply Co.'s SeaWell Collection Heihei Sophie La Girafe Everything You Need To Know About Chicken Combs Ultimate Tic Tac Toe Tea Dance Vice: The Tea Dance Is Part of NYC's LGBTQ Living History The Legend of Vox Machina Invincible
205! Video Game Film Adaptations and Male Friendships
48:00What makes video-game-to-film adaptations so damn hard to get right? And how do men make friends? [24:57] This week, Aaron, Joey, and Jess talk about world building, gaming IP, media properties, masculinity, love, and social infrastructure. They don’t talk about Whodini. references How Levain Bakery’s co-founders came up with their iconic super thick cookie The Last of Us video game HBO's The Last of Us series The Last of Us Podcast The New York Times: In ‘The Last of Us,’ Bella Ramsey Might Save the World DLC The Witcher on Netflix Final Fantasy VII cut scenes Video Games: What Does IP Mean? The Super Mario Brothers Movie - What Happened? Vox: Men have fewer friends than ever, and it’s harming their health Man Park - SNL