Topic Lords

Topic Lords

Every week, Jim invites different friends to guest on Topic Lords and be excited about whatever they've been fixated on this week.

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May 15, 2022 60 min
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May 1, 2022 50 min

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Lords:

  • Cort
  • https://twitter.com/postgoodism
  • Jenni
  • https://twitter.com/horsewizrd/
  • Topics:

  • Novel uses for hundreds of surplus ceramic clown statues
  • Thinking about household stuff as a system you can design to meet your needs instead of a cultural lifestyle obligation
  • Sidetalkin'
  • https://sidetalkin.com/
  • Big Black Elephant
  • https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/18tpkl8q/...
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    April 24, 2022 67 min

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    Lords:

  • Mike
  • Kev
  • http://www.radcade.com/
  • Topics

  • Embracing creative chaos is very hard but paradoxically extremely common?
  • Thanatosensitivity
  • GDC happened this year! They really did it
  • Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy By Thomas Lux
  • https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48483/tarantulas-on-the-lifebuoy
  • Being left handed in a right handed world
  • Microtopics:

  • Wanting to learn to...
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    April 17, 2022 72 min

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    Lords:

  • Tyriq
  • https://twitter.com/FourbitFriday
  • https://frror.bandcamp.com/
  • Stevie
  • https://www.hryx.net
  • Topics:

  • Watching TAS videos and wondering how much of what is happening is necessary vs flourish
  • If Jeff Bezos wanted to recreate Jurassic Park
  • Chocolate-dipped fruit has such an enormous gulf between perceived effort and actual effort that as a gift giver or potluck ...
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    Lords:

  • Alex
  • Shannon
  • Topics:

  • Regional Trash animals
  • Dynamic water features
  • The Pee Pee Dance is nowhere to be found on Wikipedia
  • The Bells, by Edgar Allen Poe
  • https://poets.org/poem/bells
  • Recipe essentialism
  • Sei Shonagon's Hateful Things are relatable
  • https://www.basicincome.com/bp/hatefulthings.htm
  • Microtopics:

  • Striving to sound like a motor that has just been swit...
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    April 3, 2022 67 min

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    Lords:

  • Jenni
  • Chris
  • https://imgur.com/a/t34TMw8
  • Topics:

  • Every tree in this desert is a bean
  • The statute of limitations on spoilers implies a social contract where we agree to consume media as soon as it's available instead of consuming it at the right time for ourselves
  • This list of words that men know but women don't, and vice versa
  • https://link.springer.com/a...
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    March 27, 2022 73 min

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    Lords:

  • Cort
  • https://twitter.com/postgoodism
  • Fabian
  • https://twitter.com/rygorous
  • Topics:

  • Black Square Day (inventing holidays and subsequently forgetting everything about them)
  • Nostalgia for old computers isn't because they were good, but because they sucked in ways that were simple to understand
  • The Dirtywave M8 tracker
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robe...
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    March 20, 2022 66 min

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    Lords:

  • David
  • Erica
  • https://https://twitter.com/YerrikTRB/
  • Topics:

  • Two plant families for the apocalypse
  • I choose you, Marine Phytoplankton! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoplankton#Diversity
  • I choose you, Apiaceae! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apiaceae
  • I choose you, Poaceae! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poaceae
  • I choose you, Fabaceae! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
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    March 13, 2022 63 min

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    Lords:

  • Danielle
  • https://www.twitch.tv/damaplaysgames
  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Fq8V-L5rfNvGa-DAQBPsg
  • Alexander
  • https://twitter.com/adlleong
  • Topics:

  • Learning to figure skate as an adult
  • Cursed mnemonics we never question
  • What was the first thing you remember buying online?
  • "Chi dara fine al gran dolore? L’ore" from House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • ...
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    Lords:

  • Tyriq
  • https://twitter.com/FourbitFriday
  • Xander
  • Topics:

  • The year was 1998, and choosing a name with numbers in it was a completely normal thing to do.
  • http://www.dkriesel.com/en/blog/2013/0802_xerox-workcentres_are_switching_written_numbers_when_scanning
  • How do you overcome the inertia of old familiar tools when trying to learn new ways to do the same thing?
  • I c...
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    February 28, 2022 63 min

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    Lords:

  • Hallie
  • https://twitter.com/Hallie_9000/
  • https://twitter.com/watchyourrass
  • https://twitter.com/HouseRulesCast
  • Chris
  • Topics:

  • Playing card finishes
  • Esper Quinn adds: "As a decades long Magic: the Gathering player, card condition, handling and protection is something I've actually spent a lot of time thinking about. There's a guy on YouTube whose whole cl...
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    February 21, 2022 58 min

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    Lords:

  • Maxx
  • https://mechcem.itch.io/
  • https://www.instagram.com/maxxyamasaki/
  • Ananda
  • https://www.instagram.com/a__gabo/
  • Topics:

  • Rare videos of European Hamsters.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf06WJQ4FnE
  • Would you rather eat: the last dragon or a human being?
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hufu
  • What happened in the editor culture that made medical and mathematica...
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    Lords:

  • Ryan
  • https://twitter.com/ryanikecomposer/
  • https://www.instagram.com/ryanikeaudio
  • Chall
  • https://twitter.com/MrChrisLHall/
  • Topics:

  • What position do you sleep in and based on that which of us on the podcast is going to die first?
  • Are limes overpowered?
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrus_taxonomy#/media/File:Citrus_tern_cb_simplified_1.svg
  • Why do we have fingerna...
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    Lords:

  • Daniel
  • https://twitter.com/dmullinsgames
  • Jonah
  • https://works.rip/
  • Topics:

  • Chop socky – when are we gonna get that energy back into the world media producing environment? Also listening to movies instead of watching them.
  • The Resident Evil series
  • Flettner airplanes
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlmvHfIAszo
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6geOms33Dk
  • Dou...
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    January 31, 2022 63 min

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    Lords:

  • Jenni
  • @horsewizrd
  • Chris
  • Topics:

  • The coming schism between Wordle purists & Wordle metagamers
  • Amazon kindle fantasy best-sellers is ruled by niches that nobody outside of kindle or Royal Road users have heard of
  • https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football
  • In high school I knew a guy who, one time, managed to use up all the ink in a ball-point pen. The ink ...
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    January 24, 2022 59 min

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    Lords:

  • Eitan
  • https://www.firehosegames.com/
  • Xalavier
  • https://twitter.com/WritNelson
  • Topics:

  • When I was a kid I hated gym class. Now I'm kinda sad that no one forces me to play sports on a semi-regular basis
  • How long is it polite to stare at a person before it gets weird for you, specifically (assuming they haven't seen you).
  • When asked why some people find her...
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    Lords:

  • Brad
  • @bradspendlove on Twitter
  • Check out https://twitter.com/so_writing, especially episode 6
  • Quil
  • Topics:

  • What superpowers like shrinking and invisibility suggest about how we conceptualize reality
  • Is there a point where you can call the silly things you make "art" and not feel like an absolute tool about it? Not a debate about what is vs is not art...
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    January 10, 2022 58 min

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    Lords:

  • Laura
  • https://twitter.com/lmichet/
  • https://lauramichet.itch.io/tallbagel2
  • Rachel
  • https://twitter.com/rachel_sala/
  • http://wildhonesty.com/
  • Topics:

  • You are walking down the street one day when your hand transforms into a stapler! For the next 60 minutes, your hand is a stapler from the wrist up. The next day, at the same time, your hand transforms into a stack of...
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    January 3, 2022 79 min

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    Lords:

  • CisHetKayFaber
  • https://twitter.com/CisHetKayFaber
  • https://www.upturnedtable.com/weekly-podcast-2/
  • Dan
  • https://strangecurrencies.org/
  • https://twitter.com/SC_Reviews_Dan
  • Topics:

  • Learning something by doing, so you don't understand the theory behind it
  • The lonely realization that most people don't really care that much about the things that make you unique ...
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