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Wild Prognostications: A Special!

1/18/2019
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What's to come in 2019? This week, a special top of the year episode! Aaron, Joey, and Jess talk about their wild prognostications, involving Trump-era art, provenance in retail, the next fad diet, the next Facebook, brand values, and unicorns. They don't talk about what kind of animal Gritty is. referencesThe Fiji water PR stunt that began with the Golden Globes.Pew on Americans and Facebook as of 2018.The Gillette ad: "The Best Men Can Be."Vice on Japan's mascot game.Chairs and Facebook.

Duration:00:44:22

Becoming a Parent and 2019

1/11/2019
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Why is everyone so negative about becoming a parent? And tell us: what are your wildest prognostications for 2019? [28:40] This week, new dad Joey and Aaron talk about Ali Wong, the choice to have children, the baby industrial complex, guilt, SJP, and the key to parent satisfaction. They don't talk about what "lawnmower parenting" has to do with lawnmowers. Please send in your wildest prognostications for 2019 to criticalnonsense@sylvainlabs.com! Yours might be featured on next week's...

Duration:00:33:39

Financial Independence and Bests Of

12/17/2018
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Why hasn’t the FIRE movement taken off? And what's the point of Best Of Lists? [25:45] This week, Joey, Aaron, and special guest host Kelly talk about retiring early, time as a resource, healthy skepticism, total stock market funds, Beychella, and hispanic literature. They don't talk about Schrödinger's Yanni. Or is it Schrödinger's Laurel? referencesThe Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) subreddit.We only scratched the surface of understanding the FIRE movement: the 1998 Trinity...

Duration:00:40:30

Nostalgia and the NFL

12/7/2018
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What do we lose when we lose nostalgia? And what is going to replace the NFL? [17:40] This week, Aaron and Joey talk about time in different cultures, Finesse, Norman Rockwell, the Kareem Hunt story, culture televised, and ideal NFL alternatives. They don't talk about the power ranking of early 2000s teen films. referencesThe Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.Minnie Riperton's Lovin' You in full.The study around how different cultures understand time.Jonathan Haidt's Big Think video.Get your...

Duration:00:37:20

Deprivation, Excess and Disney Princes

11/30/2018
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What’s the role of deprivation in a time with so much excess? And why are Disney princes so lame? [16:57] This week, Joey and Aaron talk about fasting, hedonism, the most sinful cities in America, lazy patriarchy, Mr. Mom-ism, and the inevitable queer Disney prince. They don’t talk about how The Beast’s real name is Adam. Beep boop. referencesThe dopamine fasting video from Joey’s feed of science videos.The hedonic escalator is actually a hedonic treadmill.A 2019 list of America’s Most...

Duration:00:36:52

Thanksgiving and Dreaded Questions: A Special!

11/21/2018
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This week, a special early episode! Aaron and Joey take on a handful of questions likely to come up over Thanksgiving dinner.

Duration:00:24:55

Board Games and Pets

11/16/2018
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What’s special about board games? And how should we treat our pets? [17:33] This week, Aaron and Joey talk about hoop rolling, the Settlers of Catan, Sun Tsu, Modern Family, the health benefits of having a dog, and luxury chicken diapers. They don't talk about the hidden advantages of drawing the Split-Level card. referencesUnderstand why Gloomhaven actually weighs 20 lbs.Thoughts on The Player of Games, by Iain M Banks (spoiler alert)."The Swedish study" on life expectancy and dog...

Duration:00:34:36

Mystery and Teen Soap Operas

11/9/2018
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What is mystery in the 21st century? And why are teen soap operas so addictive? [17:30] This week, Joey and Aaron talk about the observer effect, deep fakes, guts that think, socially acceptable hyperbole, compassion fatigue, and the uncanny valley of drama (which is a thing we might've made up). They don't talk about soaps used by teens. referencesAdobe's Project Voco: text to voice replacement.See what Heartmath Institute is up to. For past episodes and more, visit thisisnonsense.com.

Duration:00:36:43

Sexy Halloween and the State of Intimacy

11/2/2018
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This week: Aaron asks Joey about being sexy on Halloween and Joey asks Aaron about the current state of intimacy. With special guest, Katie Sadow.

Duration:00:41:08

Relatable Music and Meaningful Work

10/26/2018
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This week: Joey asks Aaron about how we connect to music and Aaron asks Joey about meaning in work. For all the songs referenced in the first conversation, we made a playlist of nostalgia, disco, and middle-aged saxophone.The Soul Glo song from Coming to America. Eric Erikson's stages of psychology.The Outline: Red Dead Redemption 2.

Duration:00:38:18

Celebrity Culture and Climate Change Moonshots

10/23/2018
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This week: special guest Ilana Bondell asks Joey about the culture around Sports versus Celebrity and Joey asks Ilana about the potential for climate change moonshots. Canelo Alvarez and the highest paying contract in history: $365M. Lebron's Laker's deal was $153M. Elon Musk's meltdown: a chronology.Taylor Swift getting out the Tennessee vote.

Duration:00:34:19

Experts and Awards Shows

10/12/2018
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This week: Joey asks Aaron about what it means to be an expert today and Aaron asks Joey about the future of awards shows. The video where Joey learned about the Black-Scholes model.The Pharrell NYU Masterclass that rocketed Maggie Rogers to fame. The Moonlight moment and Lemonade moment that lost Aaron on awards shows for good.

Duration:00:35:15

Drag Culture and Movie Sequels

10/10/2018
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This week: Aaron asks Joey about drag culture and Joey asks Aaron about movie sequels. Viewership on RuPaul's Drag Race. Matt Damon on studios and the fall of DVDs."Joey's" list of movie sequels and reboots.

Duration:00:36:05

Kanye and Depressed Futurists

10/5/2018
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This week: Joey asks Aaron about how we might be thinking about Kanye wrong, and Aaron asks Joey about depressed futurists. Kanye's YeKid Cudi's KIDS SEE GHOSTS Bain: The Labor Market by 2020The Hugo Award-winner: Robert Charles Wilson's Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

Duration:00:34:45