Feature Creep: Built-in Microwave; The Podcast
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
With your consent, of course. ↩︎
Podcast: Monday, Dec 5, 2022
Backhanded Compliments, Just Like Grandma Used to Make
Ned 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.
Podcast: Monday, Nov 28, 2022
Carrot Cake and Murder Hoboism
Ned 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!
Podcast: Thursday, Nov 24, 2022
Steamed Hams But Not Yet
Ned drops some edification on Meg (aka Egg) about Steamed Hams, the Simpon’s episode. Rather, ostensibly it’s about Steamed Hams, but REALLY it’s about the burgeoning art movement reiterating on the theme of Steamed Hams. This is just the beginning folks. Also Meg has shingles AGAIN so feel sorry for her, k thanks. Wash your hands, don’t get shingles, don’t be a dick.
Podcast: Thursday, Nov 10, 2022
Germany Super Friends
Ned 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!
Podcast: Monday, Sep 26, 2022
Capitalism Ruins Everything it Butts Up Against
Ned and Meg cover a lot of ground in this one! Tune in for discussion of improbable vacuum levitation trains, kids soccer and the monetization of simple joys, wind turbine reiterative technology, beavers and the environment, additive vs subtractive solutions, self-governance, bad solar citizens, brakes both drum and disc, pressure canning, and the glorious return of the design snack. Strap in, wash your hands, don’t be a dick, thanks for listening!
Podcast: Monday, Sep 19, 2022
Designing Dystopia, The Prisoner 3
Ned and Meg talk about the final two episodes of The Prisoner (the American series version) and explore the outrageous design elements present during the grand finale of the series. Check out those stove pipe jeans and turtleneck sweaters! Very mod. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t be a dick.
Podcast: Monday, Sep 12, 2022
Alternative Takes, The Poisoned Carrot
Ned and Meg dissect some common buzzwords and talk about exit strategies, quiet quitting which our generation basically perfected and owns forever, mindshares, toxic positivity, mouthfeel, internauts on the runway, and so many more. If you like people who complain loudly and randomly about pop culture, this is for you. Thanks for listening, Hi Buster, wash your hands, don’t be a dick.
Podcast: Monday, Sep 5, 2022
Designing Dystopia, The Prisoner 2
Ned and Meg continue their discussion of design elements from The Prisoner television show. Why is Number Six in black? Why does everyone in town have a cape and an umbrella? Who pairs pea green walls with camel brown textiles? We compare the Disney-like appearance of the village to Portmeirion and rattle off some other works we feel are derivations of the show. Number two in an ongoing, indefinite installment of conversations about this show in specific, and the umpteenth conversation about dystopias. Thanks for listening, wash your hands, watch The Prisoner, don’t infect anyone with coronavirus.
Podcast: Thursday, Sep 1, 2022
Short, The Prisoner 1
Ned and Meg start to talk about design elements from The Prisoner television show, which is very dystopian in nature and thus sparked another Designing Dystopia installment! Just as we are about to get going, we have to stop, so this one’s a short! Thanks for listening, look for more episodes about this, wash your hands, watch The Prisoner, don’t infect anyone with coronavirus.
Podcast: Monday, Aug 22, 2022
Third Wheel on a Shitty Ice Cream Date
Ned and Meg discuss Ned’s adventures in Germany. We discuss the differences between ice cream and gelato. And then, we get around to THE LINE, which is basically Architectural Menace 2: Electric Boogaloo. Oh, do we have lots to say about that! Thanks for listening, wash your hands, don’t spread deadly germs, don’t be a dick, don’t move to THE LINE, whatever you do.