Endo-Cannibalism, Casu Marzu, and Expressing Disgust

For more writings on this blogI listen to a lot of podcasts. In 2020, I listened to at least a half an hour of podcasts on 7 of every 8 days. I didn’t track how much time, though, because I didn’t think I’d be listening to that much podcast time, like maybe 100 hours? I regretted not keeping those stats to know in 2020, but I’m not too concerned as I know I will be listening to a lot more in 2021 as I find more podcasts I enjoy, and listen more efficiently in life while doing many other things than I did in 2020. Already, in 2021, I am averaging 100 minutes per day (1h 40 min), which, if kept up, will mean I will hit 100 hours by the end of February, ahead of my goal of 500 hours for the year that I have yet to blog about as part of my posts on my resolutions.

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Definition: Pleonasm

Now, this word, pleonasm, LOTS of people could find uses for in this day and age… and forever, likely! Love it!

Oddly, the word got a mention in the Freakonomics podcast, but it was never defined, or really used! It’s an excellent episode, nevertheless!

Definition: Parkinson’s Law (for meetings)

Parkinson’s Law (for meetings)

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.


In other words, if you allot an hour for a half hour meeting, there’s a good chance it will take an hour. That’s not a “law” scientifically, but research has shown this to be true more times than not.


From this excellent podcast on how to have better meetings.

Definition: Generous Authority (and Imperious Authority)

Generous Authority

The behaviour demonstrated by a meeting host that:

  1. Connect people to each other and the purpose of the meeting
  2. Protect people from each other
  3. Temporarily equalizes people in the meeting


Makes pretty good sense if you’ve been in enough meetings to see the range of behaviours people exhibit in them!


Imperious authority is the opposite of generous authority. From this excellent Freakonomics podcast on how to have better meetings.

How Much Does Your Name Matter? The Quantitative and Qualitative Research

One of the stories Freakonomics is best known for is their research into whether your name has any positive or negative impact on your economic destiny, particularly if you had a rare name, or name associated with cultures discriminated against widely. The study was focused on African-Americans, as heard in the podcast below from some time back.


Data, though, doesn’t always tell the full story. In fact, it doesn’t tell anybody’s story, just a group’s outcomes. Freakonomics recently followed up this story with one where Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck successfully defended a PhD about what it’s like for African-Americans with almost unique names to go through life, to get the personal stories of real people and see if their names really mattered in their lives. Have a listen to hear how the stories differ from the data, even if they may end up in the same outcome, and why the how makes a huge difference!