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December 28, 2020 65 min
Support Topic Lords on Patreon and get episodes a week early! ( Lords: * Mark plugs Ravening Iron * Shirley plugs a silicone reusable popcorn maker Topics: * The trend of positive media (Great British Baking Show, etc.) * What is your favorite magic paradigm? Related: Space Wizards: What happened?? * Transitioning from being able to cook a dish to being able to cook a meal * Larry asks "Yearbooks. Do you still have them? Have you ever actually used one? Is it full of signatures and stuff like that?" * "Dude, maybe Jim can give us parenting advice" is what I just said out loud, what do you think of that, Jim? Microtopics: * Whether Ravening Iron slaps. * The life-changing silicone popcorn maker. * A cup that says "tea" on it that's filled with bourbon. * Dirty Harry except he's shooting the mishandling of evidence in the face. * Dirty Harry except instead of shooting perps in the face he takes a bath. * Watching Joker (2019) and thinking "finally, the IPs of my youth are real art now" * A slow motion replay of a lady forgetting to put ice cream back in the fridge. * Choosing the biggest burliest man you can find who is moved to tears at the drop of a hat to judge your reality show. * Being moved to tears because a jug is unexpectedly light. * A manual of non-toxic masculinity. * Men Feeling Feelings. * Collecting magic paradigms. * Staying up all night studying your book of magic and then the next day you can cast one (1) fireball. * Studying magic for years and then having spells in your head that you never cast. * All the spells in a wizard's head going off at once when the wizard dies, like that fireworks show in San Diego. * Accidentally learning the spell that will unmake reality. * Learning the magic words and swizzling a wand. * Teaching children that magic is an inherent ability that you either have or don't have. * Why there are so few space wizards. * Waking up in the middle of a night with a great story idea and in the morning you realize it's Star Wars. * Doctor Who explaining the science behind space vampires. * What if Marty McFly's photo of his brother was an actual person and his body parts started to vanish. * Battle mages carrying around notepads and calligraphy pens and battling by writing notes at each other. * Magical inscriptions all over your body rendering you invulnerable to physical harm everywhere except your face because your retail job doesn't allow face tattoos. * Recognizing Rise of the Skywalker as bad but still basically enjoying it because you just don't care that much any more. * The plot of a long running movie franchise suddenly hinging on the protagonist needing to find a bathroom when they've never been depicted as pooping even once. * Growing out of hating art. * Loving this topic. * Breakfast being easier to cook than other meals because it's okay to just make one dish and call it breakfast. * Breakfast being easier to cook than other meals because it uses a smaller set of potential ingredients. * Learning to look at a set of available ingredients and plan a meal out of them. * Learning how to cook to learn about process and flexibility. * Following a recipe but ultimately having to make the decision yourself that the food you're making is ready to be taken off the heat and served. * Skimming a recipe to get the gist and then just being able to make the thing because you know how food works. * The canonical flavor pairings of breakfast. * Figuring out your flavor profile and then your main protein and working outwards to the sides. * Learning to make scrambled eggs and realizing now you can just have scrambled eggs any time. * A Real Egg Hobbyist * Leaving behind audio logs for future civilizations. * A paint pigment made out of mummies, and more generally how every pigment is made from some different weird thing. * Every ingredient in your kitchen coming from a different weird and often horrifying animal or plant process. * Humans possibly developing larger brains because we invented cooking. * Raw food enthusiasts just enjoying digesting harder than the rest of us. * Measuring the calories in a food by making the food explode. * The millennia-long development of corn as a staple crop. * Posing with a crazy hat because your yearbook editors didn't have enough photos of Crazy Hat Day. * Falsifying the historical record. * Seeing a yearbook on a friend's bookshelf and offering to sign it. * Paying extra to get your high school yearbook pre-signed. * Seeing your parent's yearbook and realizing for the first time that they had hobbies once. * A nice kid who is always doing their best. * Seeing your high school teacher in street clothes at the grocery store and realizing that he is just a few years older than you. * How a task seems impossible until you have a strong enough incentive to do it. * The switch that flips in your brain once you have a kid where it becomes unthinkable to not have a kid or want to have a kid. * Childbirth lawyers. * Having an extra plug.
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