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.

Episodes

October 2, 2023 81 mins
Lords: * JP * Styger Topics: * Wouldn't mind hearing Jim's thoughts on the recent Super Mario Bros Wonder video * Souls departing / cartoon ghosts * You're supposed to use a "spacer" with inhalers now * Probably not a full topic but I finally ate that apple I was hyped for in my fist Topic Lords appearance * Questions for a more experienced musician about learning to play piano + songwriting * How do we teach our children to pirate...
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Lords: * Alex * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSjSkaBRD7k&list=PLBk6-z6v3pDKi3Q-9MeqUfupJswozircH&index=7 * John Topics: * That time I spent 4 days fasting in the woods * Twins! Coming soon! Ahhhhh! * The Zelda 1 second quest * https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/806592-now-the-world-has-gone-to-bed-darkness-won-t-engulf Microtopics: * Joyful communities. * Whether discord logs can be subpoenaed. * Encoding all your mail in ROT13 ...
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September 18, 2023 70 mins
Lords: * JohnB * CisHetKayFaber Topics: * The human body is more similar than I'd like to shitty software (humans have chitinase in our DNA, immune system works like an antivirus) * The origin of hiccups * https://derinthescarletpescatarian.tumblr.com/post/723161770948231168/okay-so-the-thing-about-hiccups-is-that-you-have * Twenty years ago there were like three real books about videogames that weren't strategy guides and now th...
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September 11, 2023 68 mins
Lords: * CisHetKayFaber * Phone Topics: * Correction regarding a previous topic where I stated that Metal Gear Solid 2 was the most important game of 2023 * https://twitter.com/othatsraspberry * Children cannot be trusted to enjoy things, and maybe that's fine * This list of extremely specific danger signs * https://nextworldover.tumblr.com/post/720069329613357056 * https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/3/359...
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September 4, 2023 75 mins
Lords: * Mark * Shirley Topics * Lawn Angst: Why does the city get to decide what is a weed vs an acceptable plant? * Learning to code is like a cheat code for life, or at least work * Poop epidemiology * https://nextworldover.tumblr.com/post/720886587343454208 * Insomnolence by Charles Rafferty * https://poets.org/poem/insomnolence * Ville asks: "buying mysterious items that aren't labeled in a language you speak from the Asi...
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Lords: * Alex * Shannon Topics: * Tree law * https://www.tumblr.com/whistletown/721716818422677504 * https://www.tumblr.com/whistletown/723346723280453632 * Tax Heaven 3000 * When I was a kid I read about a magic trick where if you touch your index fingers together and cross your eyes, a disembodied third finger appears between them.This is the kind of thing we had for entertainment in the 80s. * https://www.poetryfoundation....
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August 21, 2023 67 mins
Lords: * Jenni * Tyriq Topics: * King Leonardo and His Short Subjects * https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects * Nervous Subject * https://sims.fandom.com/wiki/Nervous_Subject * Subject Zero * https://masseffect.fandom.com/wiki/Jack * On the Subject of Poetry By W. S. Merwin * https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=26014 * Royal subjects * Subject 13...
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Lords: * April * Ryan Topics: * John asks "Puzzles/puzzle games and challenges you find pleasant and brain-expanding vs. the ones that you just cannot get your head around." * Which foods would be the most fun or the least fun to eat if you rotated them at a 90 degree angle first. * https://www.ebay.com/itm/184633478236 * The Shaggs * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR9d4ESlpHY * Instructions for Traveling West, by Joy Sullivan...
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Lords: * Maxx * Avery Topics: * Change Ringing * The differences between American and Japanese robotics teams * This rug * https://www.rugstudio.com/funrugsfuntimeshapecomfts-163multi.aspx * A few days after I ordered it they emailed me canceling the order. I'm pretty sure this rug doesn't exist. * Look what we found in the park in the dark * https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/3/3597ddeb-e52e-4cda-a59c-c64...
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Lords: * Mikel * https://www.lasertimepodcast.com/category/videogame-apocalypse/ * Diana * https://www.lasertimepodcast.com/category/thirty-twenty-ten/ Topics: * Banishment is still legal as a punishment in Georgia (the state) * From an evolutionary standpoint, why is it so hard to admit you're wrong? * Minesweeper speed running * http://www.minesweeper.info/wiki/Dreamboard * Sometime During Eternity, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti...
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Lords: * John * JohnB Topics: * The word "juxtapose" seemed hyperspecific and esoteric when I first learned it in school, but has proven incredibly common and useful * Farewell to Cheap Bots Done Quick and the tens of thousands benevolent Twitter bots it powered: * https://twitter.com/v21/status/1643932890105884673 * Temple of Apshai's manual * https://fogknife.com/2023-05-31-the-book-of-apshai-a-personal-exegesis-.html * "See...
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Lords: * Alexicographic * Kev Topics: * Sports are good actually? Apparently? * Haunted articles of clothing * Burrito R&D * Casey at the Bat * https://discoverpoetry.com/poems/ernest-lawrence-thayer/casey-at-the-bat/ * Becoming a vtuber after losing a bet * Getting a guided tour of a TV show Microtopics: * Streaming daily. * The Tears of the Kingdom thread in the Topic Lords discord. * A rigid self-conception as someone who does...
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July 10, 2023 79 mins
Lords: * Danny * Danny Topics: * Most Song Lyrics are redundant * Perfect fourths and fifths are named wrong * It's almost summer and that means it's time for Mark Salud's "Forever in Summer" * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip_K5DHZlfg * Who wants to do a smutty poem?? We haven't done one of those * https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47339/upon-julias-clothes * Oh yes * Celebrity Deaths are getting out of control * ZZT ha...
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July 3, 2023 58 mins
Lords: * Elena * Quil Topics: * Human Pudding, and why popular media can't depict bad art, only bad taste * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfHmctamVEA * https://www.notinhalloffame.com/ * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gPuH1yeZ08 * I got a van! * Corporate art: From industrial musicals of the 50s-70s to this Staples logo unveiling * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWUhqoAGsfk * https://philolexian.blogspot.com/2006/11/ki...
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June 26, 2023 66 mins
Lords * CisHetKayfaber * Charlie Topics: * Umbrellas, siphons, and other physical things that seem like hacky bullshit but actually work * Articulating the shape of your internal cause-and-effect network and applying it as a learning superpower (futurevision) * I'm not sure what archipelago.gg is but if I read this paragraph aloud maybe we can figure it out together * https://archipelago.gg/ * A copypasta from this page: * http...
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Lords: * Chris * Wacy Topics: * Crafting little guys * Negotiating how to play Zelda together * Cream of mushroom latte * ChatGPT wrote a poem about zelda * Climbing real rocks Microtopics: * The Marble Hornets/Slender Man oeuvre. * Copying and pasting a video. * Sharing a movie you liked with a friend over IM by copying and pasting the title. * The turnip in Breath of the Wild. * Attempting and failing to enjoy wood carving. * Sta...
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Lords: * Tyriq * Hallie Topics: * The world needs more clues for secrets nearby * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUXow3d3-b0 * How kids on tv used to hate leftovers * Smartphone sales declined 11% in 2022 while sales of flip phones doubled * https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken * What will emoji look like in 100 years? * I have invented a conspiracy regarding the shape of hand-held supermarket baskets ...
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Lords: * Alexander * Yaros Topics: * Somewhat Dim Mirror * Unique and weird self-bootstrapping computer language - Forth * I've been getting emails from an Online Casino Guide offering analysis of the relative popularity of characters from the Mario Bros. movie. How did they get my email, and how did they know that this is the kind of thing I want to gamble on? * The Kraken, by Alfred Tennyson * https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th...
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Lords: * Maxx * Erica Topics: * Zines and Jam Games; stuff that's understood to be breakable * https://itch.io/c/689872/indiepocalypse * Birding in the pandemic * Itinerant Filmmakers * http://www.meltonbarker.org/ * Meditation on Capitalism * I found the tweet that the image came from, but still don't know the author of the poem: https://twitter.com/Sierra_OffLine/status/1100852286585221122 Microtopics: * The Bugzooka * Boom...
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Lords: * Cort * Stephan * https://lonelystarsoftware.itch.io/playdapon Topics: * USB-C cables that only work in one orientation * http://blog.zarfhome.com/2023/04/usb-c-and-plague-of-grackles.html * Playgrounds seem to have gotten really good again in the last ten years * Bedtime guitar update * Where the Wild Things Are * https://genius.com/Maurice-sendak-where-the-wild-things-are-annotated * Classic hardware has become a ki...
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