- Conversations: optimal communication and midnight gospel
Who won the debate? Vlad's support for voice chat, or Yoann's insistence for asynchronous IM? You'll find out here!
But before, we go over things we took out from the previous episode as well as listeners’ comments. We discuss how tools allow a media-rich communication experience, what the future of communication will be after brain upload, the history of asynchronous IM, the terminology of signal processing, parallelism vs. really fast context switching...
In a pretty unusual twist, we actually did some research! Is asynchronous or synchronous, written or oral, objectively, scientifically better? We got the answer!
That point being settled once and for all, we move to a sad but predictable news: the cancellation of the cartoon Midnight Gospel on Netflix. We present the show and what we loved about it, before devolving, as is quite often the case for Yoann, into a rant against capitalism.
A meta-analysis of listening vs reading comprehension: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/00346543211060871
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email@example.com | Jun 28, 2022
- Why this call should (not) have been an email?
Today, we take the infamous thought that a lot of employees have had: “This meeting could have been an email!” and turn it into a debate! Let the duel between oral and written communication begin and crown the One True Communication Form!
We examine obvious and counterintuitive takes about which of these modes better conveys nuances and emotions, linearity vs. non-linearity, synchronicity vs. asynchronicity...
Could it be that we’re all subjects to the lobbying of extroverts overlord? What features could we get if we enforce a dystopia where we ban speech? How should you accurately measure the information bandwidth of a conversation?
All of this and more in this episode where we keep being stuck at the question: What do normal people do?
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firstname.lastname@example.org | May 31, 2022
- Conversations: Calendars and Eco
We continue our conversation with you about what the ideal schedule should be. We mentioned how important it was to break monotony, so how about adding randomness and making every week different? They could all be special!
Or maybe the answer is to be found in the sky! As listeners pointed out, this whole mess is because of the lack of synchronicity between rotation periods of the sun, the moon and the earth!
After that, Yoann presents a game that drove him addicted to a point he had not felt for a while: Eco by Strange Loop Games. This game is a mixture between Minecraft and Eve Online. Your character is specialized, so you have to collaborate and build a political and economic system to stop a meteor from crashing on your planet! It turns out that this simple formula is an extremely fertile ground to study all kinds of different economic systems, and understand what works and doesn’t about capitalism.
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email@example.com | Apr 26, 2022
- What is the best week?
We prepare for the revolution and try to imagine what an ideal week reimagined from scratch would be like.
We try to look rationally at periodicity and divisions of time and their history, but that only brings us so far.
We agree that what really matters is the day-to-day feel, so we try to gauge what the perfect balance of productivity and rest would be. Of course, we want our solution to resist the age of automation, and even extend to a post-scarcity era!
Fortunately, Yoann has been working for himself for a year, and has had time to experiment with his schedule. Let's see what we can learn from that!
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 27, 2022
- Conversations: Japanese psychology and nightmares
We look back on last episode's dive into the field of Japanese psychoanalysis, and discuss what we missed. In particular, we tackle the concepts of Lacanian's Lalangue, the Big Other, and dreams! We also discuss the castration tale of Sada, and Luke Ogasawara hypothesis that Japanese people are either paranoid or pervert. Quite a lot of risque topics :)
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email@example.com | Feb 17, 2022
- Can Japanese psychoanalysis cure us all?
We've been preparing this episode for quite a while and this time we have sources! We confront our knowledge of Japanese language and lacanian psychoanalysis to try and understand the Japanese psyche!
We start off by Lacan's famous statements about the fact that Japanese people have no need for psychoanalysis. We'll see what he was talking about through a brief history of the incredible chaotic mess that is the Japanese language. Did he know it well enough?
In any case, we felt it was worth widening the scope! From language, we move to the construction of identity in Japanese culture, but also to Buddhism and Sartre, to finish on the Japanese psychoanalytical concept of Amae.
Can we find anything here to cure the existential angst that comes from being an isolated lacking self? Or is this just inviting more problems?Introduction of the Japan Psychoanalytic Society
FREUD, LACAN AND JAPAN
Why Lacan says : “no one who dwells in the Japanese language has a need to be psychoanalysed”
Luke S. Ogasawara
The Japanese subject and the unconscious
P-J Van Haecke
February 2016 Psychoanalytic Inquiry
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 11, 2022
- Conversations: How I cheated at twitter.
Welcome back to the conversation! This time, we didn't have many listeners' messages, but we know why that is!
We come back to our adventure on twitter hacking, by first wondering about the position of twitter in the ever changing landscape of technology with the good old question: was it better in the past?
We then move to data science, wondering how many data points you need to draw meaningful conclusions from all the stuff we've been trying out.
Once we get our metrics down, it's time for optimization! We present a guaranteed way to get a few followers every day by following people on threads you're interested in, But which hashtag/keyword/user has the best follow back rate?
Finally, we dissect our twitter analytics to find out what makes the most successful tweet on the platform: what kind of words and topics give you the most reach or engagement? We have all the answers (on our very small sample size XD).
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email@example.com | Dec 1, 2021
- How to use data science and hack twitter for maximal engagement?
In this episode, we open the doors to the behind the scenes of podcast production. We disclose without taboo or secret everything about how we measure our number of listeners and how trustworthy those tools are. But …we also talk money!
We decided to do a little contest: with the same amount of money dedicated to advertising, we competed to see who could make the best ad campaign. Of course, we each tried a bunch of different things, but we both centered our attempts around twitter.
What can you buy on twitter? How much does it get you? And most importantly, which is the best approach: the demographics based targeting of Vlad or the pseudo inflammatory rhetoric of /Yoann/? The answer will surprise you!
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 27, 2021
- Conversations: Synesthesia and brain plasticity
In this informal episode, we continue talking with our good friend Geraldine who shares her experience of synesthesia, telling us what it is like to see letters as colors!
Then we talk a bit about brain plasticity and memory encoding, trying to take a very pragmatic approach and giving you tips to probe your own brain! Are memories always pictorial? Can you imagine something that you've never experienced in the past? Geraldine helps us by bringing her knowledge about Hobbes to the table!
Finally, we come back to the framework to define your mental abilities, and we try to explicit it and complete it with one of the most important and fascinating aspects: blurriness vs determination of perceptions. When you gain expertise, what is happening in your brain ?!?
Test your implicit bias here:
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email@example.com | Sep 30, 2021
- How to unlock new abilities in your brain?
There’s a lot of different ways for imagination to work. Some people can imagine clear pictures, while some others can’t. Vlad recently switched from one group to the other.
To understand what happened, we dive into an investigation where we’re joined by our good friend Geraldine, a researcher in philosophy of science.
We analyze his transformation, wondering whether he unlocked a new meta-cognitive capability or if he just developed new awareness of existing processes, or what other senses might be affected…
In the end, we try to figure out some sort of methodology to help anyone unlock new abilities of their brains, be it new kinds of qualia, experiences or perception…
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 8, 2021
- Conversations: I changed my mind about machine learning
We respond to listener's comments about the previous episode: we discuss the most recent project of artist Sam Lavigne, and catch up on what we missed about special attacks in mangas.
We go over legendary swords to try and understand why some objects get special names, and invoke Baudrillard to wonder if there is such a thing as a single object anymore. We discuss differences between spoken and written word, and parallels between anime special techniques and sports.
In the second half, the discussion leads us to competitive games where you program robots to fight each other, and how they helped Yoann change his perspective on machine learning. Will it be enough to convince Vlad that the black box neural networks can be cute?
Sam Lavigne's latest project: https://www.holo.mg/stream/tega-brain-sam-lavigne-synthetic-messenger-climate-news/
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email@example.com | Aug 3, 2021
- Why do manga characters scream the name of their attacks?
From Naruto's Rasengan to Dragon Ball's Kamehameha, attack names are an iconic part of mangas and animes (especially shounen). So much so that they appear in stories about food or sports. But why? Where do they come from? What are they for? And why on earth do they need to be yelled?
Our journey through these questions takes us through different perspectives: we consider titles and annotations that imbue semantic in art, the difference between mangas and western comics, the parallels with spells in magic, the history of battlecries, the esoteric concept of the true name of things, doxxing influencers...
We spend quite a while wondering about the power of words in themselves, and how they shape your reality. But it truly turns crazy when we bring up psychoanalysis.
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Jul 11, 2021
- Conversations: The work of Sam Lavigne
In this episode of conversations, we followup on homestuck^2 by seeing how the new work from Andrew Hussie, Psycholonials, adds another layer of metanarrative on this already pretty big cake ^^
We then revisit the question of contemporary pantheon, trying to give more concrete examples and deciding who to put in between Obi Wan Kenobi, Dumbledore, Tiger Woods... We also discuss a bit our true gods, our values (pure ideology, snif snif). Have we became worshippers of health? Or rather wellbeing? It seems to all point back to the worship of happiness and the worship of money!
In the second part, we dive into the work of contemporary computational artist Sam Lavigne, highlighting a few of our favorite works. Check the links below for their direct page :)
A (not) brief history of Homestuck:
Sam Lavigne: https://lav.io/
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email@example.com | Jun 16, 2021
- What does a modern pantheon look like?
The premise of the episode is simple: is there anything in our current life that could be considered as the evolution of the rich pantheons and mythologies that the greek and roman people had.
We expected to fight about who to include or not, but the discussion actually went straight to “What is a god actually?” and we revisit how pantheons evolved from polytheism, to monotheism, to humanism to end up with cult of personality or companies (dare I say capitalism?).
In a second time, we dove into other conceptualizations of the question, seeing gods as shared cultural symbols/values, or in a functional way as object of worship.
All things considered, it feels like we’re just scratching the surface, so please help us and tell us what you think is the pantheon of current times!
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firstname.lastname@example.org | May 16, 2021
- Conversations: Let me tell you about Homestuck^2
This is our second episode of conversations, and we start by explaining the why and how of this change, before following up on previous episodes:
We come back on the difference between cats and dogs highlighted in telephone drawing games, before coming back to NFT.
The fact that some NFT have dead links already makes us wonder if it's really going to keep value, and what is the role of the auctioneer here. We still can't pinpoint who exactly prophesied the final form of capitalism with the purely virtual speculative commodity (Zizek? Debord? Marx? Help me!) but that doesn't stop us from trying to understand if NFT are like a receipt or like an autograph. We also discover that NFTs may be the big crunch to Plato's concept-based cosmogenesis...
Speaking of cosmogenesis, we take a brief dive in the history of Homestuck to introduce Homestuck^2, and see what it says about meta-narrative and death of the author, and whether we can compare it to other works in a spoiler-free way.
Dog breeds look so different but cats don't:35m | Apr 19, 2021
- Does NFT create a new ontological reality?
This is our first episode where we deep dive into one serious topic, and what better choice than the NFTs that everyone is talking about!
We briefly explain what NFTs are, and take case study to figure out what it is that people are buying. If you don't have any right on the digital art that the NFT represents, what on earth are you getting for your money? What are the implications for the notion of money? for the notion of things even?
Is NFT really helpful for artists? How is it different from a certificate of authenticity? Would it still be useful in a utopian money-less society? Or is it just like bitcoin?
And finally, does it create the new building blocks for a new ontological reality?
All of this and more in this episode!
Episode 9 where we talk about conceptual art: https://redcircle.com/shows/not-daily-podcast/episodes/56be5ac5-ca5d-4373-b61b-dd91a99c381d
ThoughtSlime excellent video about NFT: https://youtu.be/AFvBCvCl4sk
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email@example.com | Mar 30, 2021
- Conversations: I became an Ai in a telephone game
We're trying something new with our podcast: to keep the episodes more focused, we'll release the conversational part where we answer to the listeners, address followups, and discuss less heavy questions separate from our main episodes!
This is the first of such episodes, where we discuss everything we missed in last episode about the perfect reading corner, namely UV lights, reading rhythm, and audio ambiance.
After that, we move on to chit chat about a game that has become more popular during lockdown: Gartic phone, a game where people pass along an idea by drawing or describing a drawing in succession. This method of information propagation is actually pretty interesting, because some concepts are way more stable than others, and they are not the ones you may think of at first. We discuss these stable concepts and attractor points while pulling from Plato or Jung, and compare this experience to latent states of machine learning/neural network algorithms.
The game: http://garticphone.com/
Tom White, an artist making paintings based on machine learning model latent spaces: https://drib.net/
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 8, 2021
- Cyranoids and How to make the perfect reading environment?
We discover that at the end of his life, Stanley Milgram was working on a little known Cyranoid experiment. He showed that if you put a child into an adult body, nobody will notice something is off.
In the main part, we try to make the perfect environment to read more. We briefly go over pretty basic productivity tips (making habits, compartmentalization) before diving in our usual craziness featuring the tinderization of storytelling, reading in VR, the ease of entry vs compartmentalization trade-of, hacking your brain worse tendencies for your desires ... We talk a great deal about reading on phones and how to make it work, and how closeness, nature, bookshelves, light or simplicity are essential elements to consider when making a reading nook.
AfterDinnerConversation podcast episode: https://www.afterdinnerconversation.com/podcast/episode-11-rainbow-people-of-the-glittering-glade
Episode 11, in which we discuss the relation between fashion, trends and uniformization: https://redcircle.com/shows/not-daily-podcast/episodes/763ecaa9-8e0b-45e6-8332-220726b42eef
Ebook /vs/ Book Article : Not found
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email@example.com | Jan 31, 2021
- AfterDinnerConversation and Are purchases the ultimate form of human free will ?
We discover quantum time locks and Twisted Wonderland.
We then discuss Vlad's holiday project, a minimalist website to store his short stories, and move on to discussing a magazine Yoann discovered recently which focuses on philosophical short stories. As an example, we comment briefly the story “Rainbow People Of The Glittering Glade”.
Finally, we get into the holiday spirit by celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: purchases. But is buying something the ultimate form of expression of your free will? Is money working as an objective shared scale of value, to help your decision making? Does the reversibility of purchases matter at all here? Or are too many forces and social coercion at play to be able to talk of "decision" ?
What about "impulse shopping" or marketing? What would Sartre think of your shopping list? What do you think about it?
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 31, 2020
- Time capsules and What makes a villain?
We reflect on the possibility that the economy is so important to some people because it fills in for the symbolic dimension of meaning that is lacking from the dystopias we discussed last time.
We talk a bit about a message from the past that Vlad received, and how to make a good time capsule for your future self.
This time, our main section is about villains and propaganda. We talk a lot about Disney movies in general and Aladdin in particular to try and understand what it means to be a villain, cinematographically and semantically. In particular, we discuss how agency and beauty fit in the picture.
We conclude by wondering whether such techniques can be used to frame anything or anyone as a villain, and to manipulate public acceptance of anything. What can we do about this?
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email@example.com | Nov 30, 2020