What 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.
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223! The Familiar Unexpected
31:59When was the last time that you experienced something familar unexpected? This week, Jess, Joey, and Aaron talk about mochi, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, chord progressions, rollercoasters, Warrior Cats, and Doppler radar. They don’t talk about The Lloyd Dobler Effect. references Corrections Department: The original The Parent Trap film came out in 1961 Kramer vs. Kramer Mochi Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Carolina Chocolate Drops "Hit Em Up Style" "7 Common Chord Progressions You’ll Instantly Recognize" Boomerang Coaster Suspended Looping Coaster Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Warriors Blindness by José Saramago This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Critical Nonsense Bookclub
222! Watching Things
39:57What are you watching right now and why? This week, Aaron, Jess, and Joey talk about SpongeBob, YouTube shorts rabbit holes, RuPaul's Drag Race, the NBA Playoffs, Alan Wake, and bikinis. To the Sunbathing Angel's dismay, they don’t talk about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. references Calm Down Revsiting Critical Nonsense 217! AI Centaurs Progress Report Edition 092: Consider the Centaur Only Murders In the Building "A potato flew around my room until you came" The Ren & Stimpy Show Stephen Hillenburg John K. BuzzFeed News: The Disturbing Secret Behind An Iconic Cartoon: Underage Sexual Abuse "... babyyyyyyy" How The Design Of Spongebob Has Changed Over The Years RuPaul's Masterclass RuPaul on How to Live Your Best Life Jungian Therapy Daisy Jones & the Six Riley Keough The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch Alan Wake How It's Actually Made - Bread
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221! The Genuine Maybe
33:13How do you summon The Genuine Maybe? This week, Jess and Joey talk about the Confidence Interval, curiosity, viewquakes, the gender norms of being assertive, rightness, and openness. They don’t talk about Björk. references Confidence Interval The New Yorker: Emojis That Parents Are Still Waiting For
220! Graduation Advice
39:47What do I know? This week, Joey, Aaron, and Jess talk about not having all the answers, amoebic sponges, career archs and karma, graciousness in success, recognizing your value, and being dumb. They don’t talk about low-performing assholes. references Revisiting Critical Nonsense 215! Success Randy Johnson Men at Work
219! The Cake Renaissance
31:14What does cake tell us about now? This week, Jess, Aaron, and Joey talk about Cake Boss, Duff Goldman, Instagram cakes, Julia Child, wedding cakes, and enlightenment. They don’t talk about Daniel Craig. references Claire Saffitz on Instagram about the Cake Renaissance Saveur: How to Make Those Fabulously Unhinged Cakes You Saw on Instagram Corrections Department: "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro's Carlo's Bakery in ... Hoboken "The Other Dude" Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes in Baltimore Netflix: Is It Cake? Japanese game show Candy or Not Candy The New York Times: Let Them Eat Wacky, Whimsical Cake The New York Times Style Magazine: The Latest Trend in Baking? Making a Mess The 7 charatceristics of the Renaissance Molecular gastronomy
218! Pop Music Solos
37:35What do you think is going to be the next musical instrument solo in pop music? This week, Aaron, Jess, and Joey talk about sax solos, the digitization of music, musicianship, sonic genre markers, Ice Spice, and background music. They don’t talk about Raphael Ravenscroft. references Running to your circles of flame Plain English podcast with Derek Thompson: Why the Cult of Achievement in Schools Is Making People Miserable A phenomenon like Uncle L and Melle Mel Who will always love you? Dolly. And Whitney. That's who. Jason Isbell: Running With Our Eyes Closed Switched on Pop podcast: The L.A. guitar shop that reinvented indie folk Quartz: The economics of streaming is making songs shorter Ice Spice
217! AI Centaurs
35:18How do you feel about centaurs and what centaurs do you want to be? This week, Joey and Jess talk about ChatGPT, Garry Kasparov, workplace production, individualistic augmentation, the Chinese zodiac, and mitochondria. They don’t talk about manticores. references Falkor the Luck Dragon Revisiting Critical Nonsense 191! AI Art and Hamsterstanistan How To Become A Centaur "Experimental Evidence on the Productivity Effects of Generative Artificial Intelligence" by Shakked Noy and Whitney Zhang "When and How Artificial Intelligence Augments Employee Creativity" by Nan Jia, Xueming Luo, Zheng Fang, and Chengcheng Liao Lump of labour fallacy Chinese Zodiac Factor analysis Mitochondria The sporkife
30:16How do we reflect? This week, Jess and Joey talk about rumination, perseveration, internal monologues, employee reviews, radical candor, and feedback. They don’t talk about "2000 Seasons."references Joey makes money moves. "MotorSport" LLM (Large Language Model) Corrections Department: RLHF (Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback)
42:25How should we approach success? This week, Joey and Jess talk about whales, personal comparison, persistence hunting, gender dynamics, emotional labor, and lunch prep. They don’t talk about fairyfly hearts. references Foxy Brown's "Candy" Corrections Department: A blue whale's heart isn't actually the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Kajornwan Chueng's twitter thread about her kid "doing the bare minimum." Emotional labor The New York Times: ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ and the Angst of the Striving Upper Class Boston.com: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck reveal they shared a bank account in their teens and 20s to fund their showbiz dreams