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 get miffy about myopic design, a phenomenon that occurs when people design things for all the wrong reasons. The dumbest invention, a shining example of myopic design, is perhaps the now-infamous and totally defunct Juicero. If you love a good long justifiable cathartic complainaroo, this one’s for you. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get the shots, don’t be a dick, and thank you as always.
Ned and Meg have some book recommendations this week, and also the general recommendation that you do a foot peel, stat. Our book recommendations and discussion today are about *The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions* and *Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990*. Both of these books are formidable in their own right and feature incredible design elements as well as huge doses of imagination. Please read! Also, wash your hands, wear a mask, thank you for listening, get the shots, don’t be a dick. Super Great!
Ned and Meg and Lauren discuss dystopias again, and this time we fuss over details like the difference between a once-great community after the fall, and dystopias that never reached greatness to begin with. We discuss wretchedness as a function of dystopias, societal trends up and down, victim blaming, participation in your own torure, and how hell is alway personal but dystopias are equal opportunity. How do you measure suffering per square foot? Join us on this uplifting voyage through misery. As always, thank you for listening, wash your hands, wear a mask, get the shots and don’t be a dick!
Ned and Meg investigate the origins of the ubiquitous paper plate. We compare the pros and cons of paper plates. We compare old inventors to new ones. We talk about disposable culture. Join us! Thanks for listening, wash your hands, wear a mask, don't be a dick.
Ned and Meg get together after Ned’s birthday to talk about colors! People use colors for all sorts of stuff and how they combine those colors matters a whole lot. Dive into the human condition with us and also visit Objectcolor.com because it’s amazing. Thanks for listening to us, wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t be a dick, super great!
Ned and Meg have a semi-absurdist conversation about a new thing we invented, sort of. We talk about traditional reliquaries, which are gorgeous mini buildings with gross old bones in them. We revisit the Joy of Melancholy. We discuss the colossal, ubiquitous failure represented by flip flops. Ned expounds on the benefits of a turf lawn, and how regular lawns are just vessels for disappointment, which brings us full circle to our topic title. Enjoy the disappointment with us! Thanks, wash your hands, keep wearing a mask, don’t be a dick.
Ned and Meg and Lauren talk about metals, like steel and it’s even cooler friend nitinol. We also talk about how a philosophy is more than an incoherent jumble of opinions, and how Ned’s job is basically just arguing semantics all day (some guys have all the luck). Lauren talks shared meaning, Meg complains a bunch, and we expound on the virtues of the MN State Fair. As forever, thanks for listening, and wash your hands and get the shots and wear a mask anyway and be nice.
Dana and Ned and Meg and Lauren discuss the pain avoidance cycle and adapting to discomfort, patterns of behavior, how kinks are more common than not, how great Ted Lasso is, and how annoying some plot devices are. We ask who among us can stand to rewatch something they’ve seen before, and Dana gives us a plethora of excellent reading suggestions. Thank you for listening to us, and for washing your hands and getting the shots and wearing a mask maybe still because it ain’t over til it’s over, kids!
Ned and Meg and Lauren talk about the differences between art and design, both of which we love. We also discuss girding loins, medieval torture devices, Jemaine Clement, whose god is it anyway, American tangents, lexical ambiguity, and the Great Buffalo Sentence which some of us had just talked about the other day and some of us were totally ignorant of! Baader-Meinhof! Thanks as always for joining us, and wash your hands and get the shots and don’t be a dick!
Ned and Meg and Lauren talk about the possibility of Meg having new neighbors to the West and what she’s prepared to do to ensure that only people she likes will buy the house for sale. Ned and Lauren offer moral support. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get yer shots, don’t be a dick! Thanks for listening.