“Transcendence is not the boss fight at the end of the level.”
When you invite a writer on the show, you can pretty much guarantee great turns of phrase. This episode features my friend Patrick O’Duffy and I talking about Batman, passion, social media, and why cynicism is boring.
- “Irony is a sometimes food.” (Especially if you’re a bearded hipster.)
- We both have dogs! Photos at the end of the post.
- Is social media anti-passionate?
- “looking for signal over noise”.
- The antenna, searching for signal.
- Passion’s not passive, it’s a process! (Say THAT three times fast.)
- It’s a filter, in both the screening sense, and in the Photoshop sense
- When everything is filtered in the terms of your passion… that’s when it becomes a Bad Thing.
- Like GamerGate, possibly.
- Judging people based on their cars. And beards.
- What you are passionate about still matters… especially if it’s setting puppies on fire. Or Hitler.
- More seriously nerdy references, this time in regards to learning how to drive.
- Passion can fill up all the space and leave nothing for paying the rent
- Balancing passion with pragmatism
- Lining up The Food Pyramid with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- “Transcendence is not the boss fight at the end of the level.”
- Living a hatful life.
- Is there a difference between following passion and chasing passion?
- Life changes sometimes give us space – and a permission slip – for our passions
- Overcoming the need for self-reliance through a Batman comic
- Passion doesn’t mean the work is easy, tragically.
- “Passion makes us do things that aren’t particularly logical, but are wonderful.”
- Harry Potter and the Knit One, Purl Two
- Picture of this epic cross-stitch is also below!
- The difficulty of long-distance relationships with your passions.
- Getting addicted to the feedback aspects of your passion
- Caring about something enough to do the boring work of getting really good at it (because with the passion, the boring stuff… isn’t)
- Cha-no-yu and devotion to the process
- BATMAN DOES NOT REQUIRE FAITH
- BATMAN CAN MEASURE JUSTICE TO FIVE DECIMAL PLACES
- “Passion is like nitroglycerin, except it blows off your hope rather than your leg.”
- Passion will take as much bandwidth as you give it.
- “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill
- Being a fan, obsessive, otaku – maybe more about the social skills than the enthusiasm
- Defaulting to cynicism: FUCK NO
- “Optimism is occasionally silly, but pessimism is dull.”
- Why we don’t like Birdman, but will see Jupiter Ascending
- Patrick’s novella The Obituarist, wherein he foresaw the rise of the social media undertaker, and wrote this:
- “All Twitter accounts are as unique as fingerprints, while all Facebook accounts are basically the same.”
- A wavelength only you can hear, versus a language everyone understands.
- Four different ways to get back on track after that segue! EESH.
- 1. Using my Tumblr as Channel Catherine, the place I go to feel specific things.
- Getting lost in the signal by boosting the signal
- 2. Callback to episode 5, social media as a vector for the transmission of passion
- Grafting other passions on, like a fruit tree, or an extra arm?
- 3. The consumption of passion, versus the creation of it
- “You can spend all your time eating other people’s passions, and it’s really not nourishing.”
- You keep using the word glamour. I don’t think it means what you think it means.
- Passion: works out all your muscles!
- That great post-punk album, Ragging on the Zuckerberg
- 4. The passion bubble, aka the paleo cult
- Terrible cannibalism jokes? Don’t mind if I do!
- Losing the capacity to talk to people outside of your passion
- The origin story of That Guy!
- “We know more about the slashfic than the actual cultural phenomenon!”
- “Your passion crafts the space where you live. Every now and then you need to stop and ask, “Do I still want to live here?””
- Our moral: If You Are Batman, Get An Alfred.
And as promised, here is Patrick’s dog:
Here is mine:
And here is the cross-stitch I made for Patrick the year he left for Melbourne:
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