Topic Lords

Topics don't stand a chance!

About the show

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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  • 243. Welcome To The Elder Zone

    June 17th, 2024  |  1 hr 3 mins
    andrew, tyriq

    Lords: Andrew and Tyriq. We discuss the Church of the SubGenius, making FreeCell vs. playing FreeCell, how do we get to a place where our primary tool for productivity is not also our primary avenue of distraction? and "<3 Team Schiff", by Team Schiff

  • 242. Malware For Labyrinths

    June 10th, 2024  |  1 hr 6 mins
    jp, maxx

    Lords: Maxx and JP. We discuss different kinds of "changing your mind" in creative work, what texture clouds are, Infinity Island, Sleep by Jorge Luis Borges, and Chippendale Mupps and the slowest nerves.

  • 241. Brad Garrett Must Eat!

    June 3rd, 2024  |  59 mins 11 secs
    abby, pat

    Lords: Abby and Pat. We discuss the pear scene, capsule machines vs. claw games, designing UIs for TV, and This be the Verse, by Philip Larkin.

  • 240. Who Was Emily Dickinson Owning?

    May 27th, 2024  |  1 hr 50 secs
    jp, shepard

    Lords: JP and Shepard. We discuss Microsoft adding a good feature to Office, favorite DOS game soundtracks, the Balatro Discourse, and Faith is a Fine Invention by Emily Dickinson

  • 239. Public Universal Snoopy

    May 20th, 2024  |  50 mins 13 secs
    abi, eva

    Lords: Abi and Eva. We discuss the year of Snoopy girls, whether living fossils are better than the rest of us, Helious, Certain Women, emulators on iOS, and Public Universal Friend.

  • 238. Talk To Me Like A Doctor Who Gives A Shit

    May 13th, 2024  |  1 hr 10 mins
    chkf, jenni

    Lords: CisHetKayfaber and Jenni. We discuss weird game foley, finding out about pop culture when it shows up in ASMR videos, seeing the eclipse, He peels off my clothes like a starving man would peel an orange, by Sharon Cherski, and generational punctuation differences.

  • 237. Through The Pooping Glass

    May 6th, 2024  |  1 hr 13 mins
    avery, chall

    Lords: Avery and Chris. We discuss cross-country skiing, putting art where advertising usually goes, running Pico-8 on a Raspberry Pi, The Day I Fell Down the Toilet, and snow being a million different things.

  • 236. Your Child Is About The Size Of A Game Boy Advance

    April 29th, 2024  |  1 hr 1 min
    mark, shirley

    Lords: Mark and Shirley. We discuss Egypt sweater, whether we want Indy to save Elsa, Kazim, Portrait of my Brother as Indiana Jones, the hardest brownface to swallow, whether pits of snakes are good circus attractions, and closing yourself in a giant box on a motorcycle.

  • 235. Ennui Golf

    April 22nd, 2024  |  1 hr 3 mins
    jenni, nelson

    Lords: Jenni and Xalavier. We discuss centaur internal organs, adapting unlikely horror franchises, whether boomerangs work, Serious KAAAND, game mascots as sexual avatars of their creators, and The Ted Dabney Experience.

  • 234. Plunge Correctly For High Score

    April 15th, 2024  |  1 hr 10 mins
    johnb, kevin

    Lords: JohnB and Kevin. We discuss Don Quixote, the Time Life Mysteries of the Unknown series, whether phones need to ring, Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, and whether pinball is supposed to be fun.

  • 233. A Huge Pile Of Gold You Just Use To Shoot Porn On

    April 8th, 2024  |  1 hr 12 mins
    aaron, jonah

    Lords: Jonah and AC. We discuss listening to music backwards, decentralized manufacturing, other terms like "foodies" to describe those who are super into universal bodily functions, The Bathroom Line, by Jesse Thurston and playtesting Legos.

  • 232. Where's The Poem, Zaborowske?

    April 1st, 2024  |  1 hr 12 mins
    chall, dev

    Lords: Chris and Dev. We discuss taking improv classes, practicing three keyboard layouts at the same time, the perils of store brand salt, I Once Snorted an Eight Ball with Santa, and whether everyone's creative ideas are derivative

  • 231. Game: The Game And Music Experience

    March 25th, 2024  |  1 hr 11 mins
    gerstmann, tyriq

    Lords: Jeff and Tyriq. We discuss writing jokes on the spot for impatient children, your favorite genre that you have no interest in making, High Sidin', Poetry, and every mammal's fish.

  • 230. What's God Even Made Of Anymore?

    March 18th, 2024  |  1 hr 13 mins
    jake, mike

    Lords: Mike and Jake. We discuss what's next after cameras, disappearing mystery, preschool security practices, At the Feast in the Great Hall, by Ursula Leguin, and whether it's boring to talk about dreams.

  • 229. This Show Now Available On Cockroach DNA

    March 11th, 2024  |  54 mins 40 secs
    alexicographic, megan

    Lords: Megan and Lexi. We dicsuss Erik Satie's performance indications, instant food from other cultures, seasonal decorations, Delhi Metro, becoming immortal by being predictable, and living in different climates.

  • 228. Detecting Myself As Spam

    March 4th, 2024  |  1 hr 10 mins
    fif, mitch

    Lords: Fif and Mitch. We discuss the Ace Attorney series' naming conventions, the kissing mechanic in Bully, Podcast Prep Sheet, the Tay Bridge Disaster, the user interface in Bully, and comments asking "why did the algorithm recommend this to me"