Podcast and chill

Geez guys, we’re a week away from fall and before we know it we’ll be moving the clocks whichever way they move this time of year! I’ll figure it out when the time comes. So what have you been up to? What podcasts are hot in the streets right now? I’ve been listening to a dating podcast called U Up? – it’s like if Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes had a podcast together. Two charming and slightly awful people make fun of letters from listeners then give their take and dating advice. Share your updates and recommendations, please!

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18 Responses to Podcast and chill

  1. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    That sounds really fun, I’m checking it out! I just listened to an episode of Rough Translation that was super interesting, about what it takes to change word usage in France, where words are very protected. In the episode, they talk about how a traditional word for ‘ghostwriter’ was also a racial slur and how they worked to change the term. My description is dry, but they made it very compelling!

    • hotspur says:

      That does sound interesting! Funny, it’s in the news today that Webster’s just officially agreed “they” indicates a nonbinary friend — and I am feeling tres French about it! (I hate it!) HEAR ME OUT. I am an editor, grammar is literally my profession, and the use of plural “they” to mean an individual ALWAYS suuuuuucks. So the more we do it, the more we are going to suck, even with good intent. To wit, earlier this year I had to rewrite a nonbinary freelancer’s whole bio because it was full of sentences like this: “They work hard to ensure that clients always receive their best results and they enjoy the work relationship.” Like, what? The best results the person is capable of, or best results the client can get in the marketplace? And does this mean the person enjoys the relationship, or is working to make sure the client does? I hate this mess so much. Meanwhile look: “She works hard to ensure that clients always receive their best results and she enjoys the work relationship.” So much clearer, right? Why instill confusion by using a plural word? Why not invent a new singular word?? “Zeh works hard” or something! Do that! English can be so clear, so specific! So come on! BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, NONBINARIES, STOP FUCKING UP.

      PS I am a great ally.

      In podcast news, I’ve got nothing. But I am currently binging iZombie on Netflix.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        iZombie is great! I still need to finish the final season.

      • Sergeant Tibbs says:

        Merriam-Webster is one of my surprise favorite websites (see: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/fart-words-and-euphemisms) so I remember they had an interesting article on the historical use of ‘they’ as a singular (https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/singular-nonbinary-they). I think it can be hard to adjust but I figure if that’s the term someone uses for themselves, they will figure out how to write clear sentences around it eventually. It makes me wonder if using ‘they’ in spoken English is easier than in written. Who knows, I’m not a grammarian at all!

        I loved the first few seasons of iZombie but dropped off somewhere. Is it still worth going back? One of my problems is I eat dinner while watching tv so when she’s hot saucing up brains for dinner, it makes me feel a little gross.

        I also binged the mindy kaling four weddings and a funeral on Hulu and second season of Elite on Netflix. I have some Thoughts on four weddings but my only thought about Elite is that it was a perfect soap from start to finish.

        • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

          I also eat dinner while watching tv, so I totally understand what you mean! They started to get more fanciful and silly with Liv’s recipes, so it didn’t bother me as much the more it went on.

          I think seasons 1 and 2 of iZombie are great, seasons 3 and 4 are ok, and from what I’ve seen of season 5, it was really good again. I still enjoyed the “ok” bits, but I’m not terribly disappointed that they ended after 5 seasons because it could go way too far off the rails. Sometimes a show can just end!

        • hotspur says:

          Full disclosure, for years I’ve been rewriting “they” to keep it plural, long before gender entered into this. It is one of the horses I ride. (But even so–like, is this one slide in a 70-slide presentation and the meaning is clear and it would take me more time to reword it than the audience is going to spend seeing it? Then I let it go. I am not crazy.)

          I really enjoy how much attention iZombie pays to the brain recipes, but yes, I had a similar moment last night as I was eating at the same time she was. Oof. So far I’m up to S2E4, so I can’t make promises past that, but I will report back.

        • taoreader says:

          Using “they” as a singular neutral-gendered pronoun has a long history! English is a flexible, highly fluid language. It’s what I love about it! It’s also capable of great specificity, like hotspur said. I was talking to this French lady once, and she said that “vit” means fast in French, and that’s what they say all the time. Vit. We say fast, speedy, quick, rapid, swift, all sorts of things. English rocks and also it’s nuts.

      • taoreader says:

        My sister-brother is gender fluid and has chosen pronouns that are new to me. There are a surprising number of options for pronouns these days. She wears them on a pin, along with her nonbinary name, to let people know. I’m allowed to say “she” because she was raised as my sister and I obtained a special dispensation. I think that will change though, and I’m going to have to learn to pronounce these pronouns that I can’t remember. I will do it though, because I love… er! E, Er, and Eir, I think. I should probably try harder. Anyway, I tell my dog, who adores my sister-brother, that “Uncle Jen” is coming over. I think it’s great. My sister-brother loves that, as it turns out. Also, I love saying sister-brother.

    • Tracey says:

      Oh that sounds very interesting!

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    You guys, this weekend I went to TWO concerts on Friday and a comedy show on Sunday. The second concert on Friday didn’t even start until 11:30! It was so much fun.

    I also got the results of my food sensitivity blood work. I need to stay away from almond, peanut, broccoli, soybean, and sunflower. Those are the “red” foods. There are also a bunch of “yellow” foods I should not eat including pork, caffeine, cane sugar, asparagus, cucumber, and hops. The hardest one will be soybean because soybean oil is in SO MUCH STUFF that I eat. Cane sugar will be tough too because I love sweets. But I’m really happy to have data, and I’m hoping that a new diet will help my stomach troubles. I think the yellow foods can be eaten once in a while. I was just starting to like beer, so I’m a little bummed about the hops. I hope I can treat myself once in a while.

    I don’t ever listen to podcasts, but I think I would enjoy them. I will definitely check out U Up?. I used to listen to Loveline all the time. Remember that show with Dr. Drew? It’s probably not the same as the podcast you mentioned, but it reminded me of it anyway.

    • Tracey says:

      Wow, that list sounds difficult but it’s cool to know what is affecting your body! I wish a doctor could give me a list of things I should eat. I got a referral to a nutritionist once hoping for some guidance, and it ended up being an hour of middle school health class about portion sizes and food groups.

      You had a very social weekend! That’s like a month’s worth of social activities.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        The blood test was called an MRT test. It was a nutritionist that I saw, and there is a whole diet plan involved. You can read more about it here if you are interested – https://nowleap.com/leap/

        I only found out about it because a friend referred me to the place she went for the testing. I saw her physician first – she did a ton of blood work for celiac, vitamins, and a million other things – then I saw the nutritionist for the LEAP program and MRT test.

    • hotspur says:

      Kids all across America are wishing they had the doctor’s note saying No Broccoli.

      On caffeine, is it all caffeine that’s a caution, or just certain delivery systems? I was having back pain a few years ago and because this is California, an acupuncturist told me to eliminate coffee and my back would improve. But I’m allowed to drink black tea. Apparently tea delivers the caffeine less aggressively? I ran this by a doctor, who laughed at me. BUT IT SEEMS TO WORK. Anyway I’m curious if all caffeine is yellow for you, in which case: HERBAL FTW! Enjoy the new diet!

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        Haha! You’re right that kids would love that. I’ve actually always really liked broccoli. i haven’t eaten it for a long time, but I used to eat it every night.

        I will have to investigate a bit on the caffeine. There’s an entire booklet that came with my results. I cut most caffeine years ago, but I love the taste of coffee, so I drank decaf for a long time. Caffeine AND tea are yellow for me. She explained that this includes black, green, and one other tea (white?). But I can have herbal teas like peppermint or ginger.

      • taoreader says:

        Please tell me why I read “back pain” as “brain pack.” What? I thought, “must be migraine headaches” and imagined you with ice packs on your head like Xiomara in Jane the Virgin.

    • taoreader says:

      That’s tough but at least you know. I’m allergic to soy and it does require A LOT of label-reading. I’m also allergic to gluten and eggs. So I cook most of my meals, but I recently got an Instant Pot, and it’s all easier now.

      I’m afraid to get any more testing done because I don’t want to stop eating/drinking anything else, it already makes me cranky.

  3. taoreader says:

    You guuuuuuyyyys I have so much going on. I miss all of you! I’m editing a memoir for someone, and it’s slow-going. But it pays and I’m stubborn. Also, I landed a writing residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and I’ll be spending an entire month there! So I’ll be confronted with All The Work and self-doubt all at the same time! I applied for that!

    Also, I might be going to Dubai in March. Has anyone been to Dubai?

    Podcasts: Who else is listening to Judge John Hodgman? So funny.

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