With a loose focus on design, and a heavy dose of absurdity, we discuss a variety of topics that we hope you will find relevant to your own life. Or, at least you might find them entertaining. Please enjoy.1
Ned 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!
Ned 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!
Ned 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.
Ned 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.
Ned and Meg discuss the fate of Pablo Escobar’s wayward Colombian hippopotamuses. Yeah that’s right, Colombian Hippos. What else is there to say? Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick!
Ned 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*!
Ned 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!
Ned tells Meg about the once-fabulous, then not fabulous, and now once-again-fabulous Mechanical Turk, a fraudy machine from the late 1700s that beat famous people at chess, sometimes. The best things about this machine are the weird number of insanely famous people who interacted with it. Meg applauds Edgar Allan Poe’s well-placed skepticism of it. This machine was created for marketing purposes back in the day and was never actually functional as described, but it nonetheless made a big splash and went on tour and everything. As Rubin Farr once said, you can be famous and a fraud; a famous fraud. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick, maybe learn how to play chess for real!
Ned and Meg chat around ISO 216, the paper standard that dictates sizes and scaling for papers not used in the United States. Here we use letter size and other measurements that don’t scale and don’t work as great as the ISO 216 standards! Anyway, we will tell you all about it if’n you give it a listen, plus discussion of paper weights and US stationery sizes, plus aspect ratios and paper sizing. Oh, and Meg’s frequent dream-based panic attacks. OK super! Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick.
Ned 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.