Episode 27: Recommendations, Commitment, and Junk Food

This was a hard one to title. Tzvi has a pattern of experiences in his life where he discovers something, introduces that thing to people, and then loses interest in it while that person becomes completely enamored with it. He ties this in to his feeling that he’s unable to really commit himself to a pursuit, and his worry that this is a major character failing. We get into it, and I mentor him. It’s a very special episode.

Meanwhile I just wanna talk about Potato Chips.

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Episode 26: Traditional Masculinity & Total Rickall

This episode was recorded two weeks ago, but I’ve been procrastinating editing it because I’m a complete piece of shit. Hurray!

Here I wanted to talk about the way I’ve gravitated towards some aspects of traditional masculinity in recent years. The conversation never really got to where I wanted it to go, but I think it wound up being interesting all the same. Then Tzvi wants to talk about cartoons. Because he’s a deep thinker.

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Episode 25: Bleach, and a Crazy Guy Story

I recently started watching the anime “Bleach” again. It’s a relic from my younger days which surprisingly holds up pretty well, save for one problem that I think could be fixed by a fan who has time and dedication that I lack.

Also Tzvi took a car trip with a crazy guy one time.

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Episode 24 – Materialism, Competitive Play, & Other Things

Its been awhile, not just since we’ve uploaded a podcast, but since Tzvi and I have even spoken to one another. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so there’s a lot of interesting tangents in this episode. We cover everything from recent happenings in our lives, to the early history of the church, to ideological labels.

My main topic is the fact that I’m undergoing a bit of a transitional period where I’m becoming less materialistic, which Tzvi finds almost antithetical to my character. Tzvi, meanwhile, discusses the way that competitive multiplayer games give us opportunities to grow as a moral being.

It’s a dynamite episode.

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Episode 23 – The Loudness War, and Childhood Projects

Tavi makes an oblique point about how the Loudness War (which is some kinda music thing) is a metaphor for life. Then I brag about how cool I am for creating a comic book when I was 10 years old.

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Episode 22 – Employment Stories & Art that Effected Our Development

I thought the embarrassing stories segment worked out pretty well last week, so I figured we’d keep the personal stories train moving with some stories from our lives as worker drones in the capitalist machine. Then we talk about books and stuff that had a real impact on us as kids. It’s a fun time.

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Episode 21 – Embarrassing Stories & MGS4

Tzvi convinced me to share embarrassing stories. I dig deep, and bare some unforgivable shit. Tzvi talks about eating too much, because he’s a Sex in the City character. Then I rant about how disappointed I am in Metal Gear Solid 4, because this is a podcast about dumb stuff.

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Also, hey, Tzvi and I wrote a D&D adventure. By which I mean, I wrote a D&D adventure. Tzvi has never played D&D. But he did provide the impetus for this module, so it felt appropriate to credit him.

Episode 20 – Religious Arguments and Social Media

This past weekend Tzvi heard some youths having a discussion about religion, and it made him get all like


And since we were already getting crotchety about how much we dislike the younger generations, we decided to also complain about how social media is bad and dumb and things were better in the olden days.

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The forum where Tzvi and I sometimes hang out is called Zelda Cavern.


Episode 19 – Fantasy Books and Magic Systems

Passover has ended, and Tzvi and I are able to find time to record once again! I do miss our weekly chats when he’s got some Jewish high holy day to attend to. Anyway, this week Tzvi really wanted to talk about his favorite fantasy novels, which we did. And because it seemed do dovetail nicely, we also took up a long-delayed discussion about magic systems, and what makes a good one.

Tzvi, of course, is much more widely read than I am, but I think we had a pretty enjoyable, if prolix, discussion.

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Episode 18 – Permadeath & Friendship

Tzvi and I talk about permadeath in games. How it’s implemented, whether it has a positive or negative effect on the games its part of, and how it reflects a different attitude towards gaming than we had in the past. Then we brooch a topic that we’ve been thinking about for a long time: the idea that friends are the family you choose, and the vastly different ways that both of us have found that idea to be faulty.

This is certainly one of my favorite episodes, I think.

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