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 chat on Mother’s Day about how much caffeine makes us psychotic. Meg gets hyperactive depression and Ned has been rabbit-holing an espresso machine and we’re both in a love/hate relationship with coffee beverages. We discuss Ned’s coffee science and dosing schedule. We talk about chasing the high that Ned got at Cafe Madeleine where one may obtain either the best or the worst espresso, depending. We dive into coffee mythology, dissect the merits of espresso machines, and we humbly suggest James Hoffman’s YouTube coffee videos. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get your shots, do all the things, don’t be a dick. Thanks for listening!
Ned and Meg discuss more digital gobbledigook and cryptography, but this time it’s in the context of art! Jim Sanborn made a trio of sculptures that utilize cryptographic puzzles, one of which is called Kryptos, and it lives outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. Three of the puzzles included in the Kryptos sculpture are solved, but the fourth remains elusive. We also discuss old cars, steganography, and Elonka Dunin who is a rad lady who solves puzzles, including the first three in Kryptos. Thanks for listening. Now go get your shots, wash your hands, wash your face, wash your underwear. Be nice.
Ned and Meg talk about their innate ability to bend and dilate time, Ned's chronostasis affliction, distorted perception, how awe is essentially the experience of perceptual vastness, and how the first and last events in a series of identical temporal events appear to be of different duration even when they are not! Time flies, and does all kinds of other weird business, too. Thanks for listening! Wash your hands, take a walk, wear a mask and get your shots.
Ned and Meg talk about the latest hype at the intersection of the art world and block chain, NFTs. We dish on digital assets, block chain public ledgers, the black market, intellectual property rights, and all the major problems with NFTs. This whole topic is both as crazy and not as crazy as you may already think. Watch out! This one’s a trip. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get yer shots, don’t be a dick, thanks for listening.
Ned and Meg celebrate May Day by talking all about food. We start with a ranking of passive aggressive foods, which segues into aggressive aggressive foods, peasant foods, and booby trapped foods, with a smattering of English foods just to round it all out. This probably won’t make you hungry but you may want a sweet snack just because this is a long one. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get yer shots, don’t be a dick. Thanks for listening!
Ned and Meg discuss the grodiest color in the universe known to humans, Pantone 448 C. We analyze this color through several frameworks, including the ISCC NBS, the urban dictionary, the Munsell color system, RGB, CMYK, and of course our own preferences. This one’s a real treat. Enjoy! Wash your hands, wear a mask, get yer shots, be nice.
Ned and Meg get some stuff off their existential chests in this very existential episode about existential dread and a thing called the self-licking ice cream cone of despair. Dread: where does it come from? We say cops, pain, illness, and other people. Hell is always, always, other people. So what should we do, rob banks and go into existential retirement? It worked for Meg, or the latter half of that sentence did anyway. Join us as we further discuss anxiety, fight flight or freeze, how much Zoom sucks as the default communication tool during Covid, and who we might instill dread in by just being ourselves. Wash your hands, get those shots, keep your mask on because of viral variants, and be nice. Also don’t force your coworkers to be your friends, everyone HATES mandated fun. Get a real social life; we’re never coming back to the office. Thanks!
Ned and Meg and Dana go down the rabbit hole of unusual punctuation and before we know it, we embark on an accidental voyage of discovery where we uncover truths about the many contexts and names for the “#” symbol and explore keyboard layouts. We ask wtf is a hexadecimal?! What’s this about Jim Thorpe?! Who is the mystery man, Doug Kerr?! Find out. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Get yer shots. Stop being a disappointment. Just kidding. Maybe. Thanks for listening!
Ned and Meg discuss the dangers of flop sweat, as well as Gio Ponti’s daughter, Lisa Ponti, who made exceptional drawings and watercolor paintings, and who died not long ago at the age of 97. Her work is showing in NYC through the end of May 2021. We also discuss blood draws, cleaning house, the height of Roman plumbing and lead abatement as a means of coping with murder trials.
Ned and Meg discuss their favorite artist, Peter, of Peter Draws on YouTube. We discuss many of his videos and his aesthetic before moving on to aspirational musings around a future Peter Draws fan convention. Beyond that, we rant a while on abortion rights and introduce a new department in the FC:BM empire, the D.E.A.D. Thanks for joining us once again. Wash your hands, wear a mask, get the shot, don’t be a dick, watch Peter.