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, Jan 31, 2022
The Hidden Gem of Pencilphilia
Ned and Lauren tell Meg all about their coping mechanisms, managing tools, successes,experiences, strategies and trials with ADHD. Also we collectively declare the British Empire to be the worst one ever though we’re open to suggestion, and accordingly we declare caffeine to be the British Empire of drugs, see also humans, British Empire of species. We chat about Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, which two thirds of us can attest is a living hell, and the other third just wants to be left alone with their attachment issues. Ned’s Design Concept Snack of the Week is Transgenerational Design. Don’t miss it. Thanks for listening! Wash your hands, wear a mask, get the shots, eat your greens, don’t be a dick.
Podcast: Monday, Jan 24, 2022
Industrial Strenght Emotional Blender
Our tale today begins as so many have, with a gargantuan misunderstanding between friends followed by a backchannel conversation followed by unintentional hilarity followed by a podcast about it. Meg is always to blame somehow, but this time less so than normal! Things are looking up. Also: book reccs, hand-crank-food-processor-fish-oil-mayo, pain-as-liminal-space, other hyphenated phrases, semantic differentials, plans for when we’re lost at sea, and since our research team is on hiatus we have a new ending segment, Design Concept Snacks courtesy of Ned. Thanks as always for joining us, wash your hands, wear a mask, get the shots, don’t be a dick.
Podcast: Monday, Jan 17, 2022
Dr. Nutt, the Nutt Job, and the Nutt Case
Ned, Meg, and Lauren talk about a scientific and cultural hero, Dr. David Nutt. Like many people who speak truth to power, his attitudes and research into drugs often offend politicians and policy makers because his discoveries overturn years of taboo and misunderstandings about the relative harms of drugs to individuals and society.
Podcast: Monday, Jan 10, 2022
Ned and Meg get together after a protracted separation over the holidays and new year and record a similarly protracted podcast about the goings on! First topic of the new year, single men in minivans. Then, in not quick succession, what hurts or helps your chances when attempting to pass out candy, internet crazes we missed out on, adjusting expectations around panel vans, squirrel baffle sagas, rabbit poop bonanzas, medical nightmares, Ned’s vacation, OMG omicron, and more. Always more. Thanks for listening, especially to these long winded ones (Buster, I’m looking at you), wash your hands wear a mask get the shots. Don’t be a dick.
Podcast: Monday, Jan 3, 2022
The Depressingly American Story of the Monopoly Board Game
Ned and Meg revisit the historical waypoints along the existence of Monopoly, our favorite polarizing game. If you are lucky enough to have people in your life still willing to engage you in a game of Monopoly, you are probably a good hearted person. That’s nice. However, everything about Monopoly is ruthless and rewards avarice and that’s what we like to discuss. See also: daring escapes from Nazis, the perpetual rebranding of Monopoly, DIY sets, and so on. Welcome to the cult. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get the shots, don’t be a dick, thanks for listening!
Podcast: Saturday, Dec 25, 2021
War on Xmas 2021
Ned and Meg revisit what has become an annual episode topic! Oh, the differences in nomenclature between Xmas and Christmas. We discuss the current status of the ongoing War on Christmas, including the oft-misunderstood Catholic Christmas traditions and appreciation for the thoughtfulness of Kwanzaa, plus we cover the big news, which this year is how the Fox Tree was burned down for reasons besides what Fox would have you believe. Amazing! We also apologize for and explain why we disappeared for a bit. It’s because Meg got a disease but it wasn’t Covid! We will be back on track soon, watch for more episodes in early 2022. As always, thanks for listening, wear a mask, wash your hands, get the shots, and don’t be a dick!
Podcast: Monday, Dec 20, 2021
Fistfull of Peppercorns
Meg and Lauren discuss their favorite peppers and birds who steal fruits. We get into a long discussion about food dehydrators and mushrooms as well. We enthuse about which foods make great powders and which CSAs to sign up for in Minneapolis. Thank you for listening and as always wash yer hands, wear a mask, get yer shots, don’t be a dick, hi Buster.
Podcast: Monday, Dec 6, 2021
Design Methodologies, and a Surprise
Ned and Meg discuss design methodologies and the people who made some of them famous. We also talk about Futurama, rational design, engineering and art, making the abstract real, and the Design Thinking Methods Catalog. Join us, thanks for listening, get your shots, wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t be a dick. That’s that.
Podcast: Monday, Nov 22, 2021
So Easy a Baby Could Do It
Ned and Meg talk about their podcast production process and the potential for streamlining it because right now our process is a clunker! We also discuss the present, future, and past, and RIP laser discs. Heady stuff. Also laughing. The usual. Thanks for joining us, wash your hands, wear a mask, get yer shots, don’t be a dick!
Podcast: Monday, Nov 15, 2021
Dystopian Dorm Design, Charlie Munger the Architectural Menace (Dwarf Fortress)
Ned and Meg talk about a terrible idea.