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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  • 104. Truck Nut, Singular

    October 18th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    elena, nova

    Lords: Elena and Nova. We discuss being a professional matchmaker, The Mother Of All Demos, the wine-dark sea, Starlight Brigade, and challenges in scaling community organizing.

  • 103. The 303 Beethoven Used

    October 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins
    avery, jay

    Lords this week: Avery and Jay. We discuss Kowloon Walled City, internet communities gaining a reputation and then changing over time as members mature, the moral cost of the 303 Devilfish clone, KLF's Justified and Ancient, and Cyber Nexus internet cafe in Lakeland Florida and late 1990s internet cafes in general.

  • 102. I Wouldn't Touch That With A 3.048 Meter Pole

    October 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    nathan, tyriq

    Lords this week: Nathan and Tyriq. We discuss the length of poles with which to not touch things, how bands make money, why the Doom plasma rifle is like that, Yeasayer's Ambling Alp, and why the Metaverse looks so bland.

  • 101. Flatty The Flat Globe

    September 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins
    greg, nick

    Lords: Nick and Greg. We discuss anthropomorphized inanimate objects, Quaker names, why car doors get shitty shut, Go West - Call Me, what's on the grill if you're "grillin up some 'good boys,'" and overly complicated navel-gazing plots in video games.

  • 100. Cold Brew Ham

    September 20th, 2021  |  59 mins 23 secs
    chris, jenni

    Lords: Jenni and Chris. We discuss Lord Chumley, edgelord teens, Lordosis behavior, Lordi - The Riff, Lord Dunsany the metalhead rewilding his estate, and Time Lords.

  • 99. I Want You To Never Show Me This

    September 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    mitch, xander

    Lords: Mitch and Xander. We discuss what qualifies as a Mario game, spectrum of porcupine tunings by eigenmonzos, the Letter C, finding the light switch in this bed and breakfast, the bizarre CD-ROM game Monty Python made in the 90s, and how Tumblr is almost good.

  • 98. That's Content, Baby!

    September 6th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    christine, hallie

    Lords: Hallie and Christine. We discuss where you lost your glasses, nighttime as the time of abstract possibility and imagination, this huge tub of homemade toum, Turn Down For What, and modern TV re-discovering the episodic format.

  • 97. A Clearly Marked Hellhole

    August 30th, 2021  |  58 mins 12 secs
    jon, tina

    Lords: Tina and Slothy. We discuss what indie devs think AAA is like, my cousin the astronaut, finding an ad for a medicare scam in my drafts folder, the Knuckle Mnemonic, Ted Lasso, and my post-burnout solo European vacation with a guy who had illicit keys to Notre Dame.

  • 96. Get Down With Some Bugs

    August 23rd, 2021  |  51 mins 50 secs
    kev, quil

    Lords: Kev and Quil. We discuss ephemeral digital music, guesting on a podcast you listen to, a Bug Mars update, Dancing in the Street, and introducing video games to an adult who has never heard of video games.

  • 95. The Florida Of Canada

    August 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 2 mins
    erica, maxx

    Lords: Maxx and Erica. We discuss things chewed as a youth, begging Jim to use a sharp knife, explaining Canadian floating feet, being convinced by spoilers that you'd like the work, the tallest people we've met, and Egg the Arts Show.

  • 94. We're All Pet Shop Boys Now

    August 9th, 2021  |  54 mins 3 secs
    james, tyriq

    Lords: James and Tyriq. We discuss the ravens of Golden Gate Park, destroying the moon, the Novation Circuit, and Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing.

  • 93. A Medical Advice Podcast

    August 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    april, mara

    Lords: Mara and April. We discuss Frog and Toad core, what we would do with a bonus room in your house, saving a cat before realizing you saved the cat, pleasing the interstellar community of sapient intelligences, how to teach children to hate ads without hating all knowledge, Murder She Wrote, and asafoetida powder.

  • 92. Tomb Of The Spider-Men

    July 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 sec
    abby, johnb

    Lords this week: Abby and John B. We discuss the 1998 Tips & Tricks Magazine Video Game Codebook, Grease 2 and the 60s Superman musical, Tower of Druaga, and Cibo Matto - Sugar Water.

  • 91. Careening Towards The Poop Dreads Barrier

    July 19th, 2021  |  57 mins 33 secs
    nelson, tom

    Lords: Xalavier and Tom. We discuss novelty shaped CDs, the Steve Jackson RPG you called on the phone, Opposites Attract by Paula Abdul, how to end the Sonic franchise, double-sided pizza, and poop dreads.

  • 90. That's My Glass Petard!

    July 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins
    jenni, kole

    Lords: Jenni and Kole. We discuss whether you should stop animal thieves, Americans finding out about Eurovision, the video game adaptation of the Blade Runner soundtrack, I Did It, your kid adopting Sonic the Hedgehog's attitudey idle animation, how to fix every plot hole in every work, and the "I won't eat the cheese" joke.

  • 89. Pope Hat Guy Covers You With A Towel

    July 5th, 2021  |  1 hr 6 mins
    chall, shorts

    Lords: Nathan and Chris. We discuss whether to start your whodunit with a spoiler, strange things that come with apartments, Monster Island, No Tengo Dinero, and procrastination techniques.