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#182: Disapproval Has a Scent

May 13th, 2022 · 103 minutes

Things kick off with some discussion of food, which finds one of your hosts trying to prove with science that he tastes everything better.

Also, there is not a band or a sports team called "The Miami Giants."

Next up, John frog-marches Merlin through a check-in on his terrible sleep.

Finally, on the heels of releasing their annual [me…

#181: I Saw Your Wife

April 29th, 2022 · 135 minutes

Things kick off with an unexpected chalk talk from Merlin on the provenance of a favorite phrase as well as an even less expected history of his college's dorms.

In follow-up, John would like to clarify that he knows the difference between a TV show about pirates and a Southern California hardcore band. Merlin offers to make John a mix tape.

#180: I’m Doing a Lot of Stuff with Computers Right Now

April 17th, 2022 · 103 minutes

In follow-up, John has corrections for himself, but Merlin says he knew what John meant. Errors are so much easier to identify once everybody else has had a chance to see them too.

In further follow-up, both the listeners and John have some advice for Merlin on programmatically scooting Git files around on his Mac.

This week's mini-topic inv…

#179: I Believe in the System…Kind Of

March 31st, 2022 · 116 minutes

Things kick off with Merlin blowing his nose and John hearing it.

In Follow-Up, John brings us up to speed on his recent adventures in jury duty. Merlin has thoughts on what we can infer from a drug tester who keeps sipping meth from the big control jug.

Next, John is (yet—further) trolled by the jackals who make announcements about their …

#178: Ill-Advised Fashion Muse

March 19th, 2022 · 87 minutes

In follow-up, John continues to be trolled by the announcements of television makers, and Merlin clarifies which Blu-ray box he recommends. Also, Merlin has nice things to say about the Peacock app.

As something like a main topic, John finally presents an authentic Italian-American's take on the "doing Italian food wrong" meme. Merlin wonders …

#177: I Have Dim Hopes

March 5th, 2022 · 127 minutes

Things kick off with a withering review of presentations by children.

Follow-up covers TV pricing updates alongside John's complicated entertainment-stack needs.

As a main topic, your hosts dive deep on [John's recent post about streaming video apps](https://hypercritical.co/2022/02/15/streaming-apps "Hypercritical - 'An Unsolicited Stream…

#176: The Curse of Convenience

February 19th, 2022 · 99 minutes

Merlin apologizes about the links last week, but John saves the day by picking up the tabs.

Follow-up covers listener feedback on CRI and what Gmail's little envelope means. Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts are extolled. John has an update on his Ongoing Appliance Rebellion but has nothing new to share on his Ongoing Toe Rebellion.

As a main topic…

#175: One Giant Mountain

February 5th, 2022 · 108 minutes

Things kick off with your hosts not quite talking about John's scanning project, but it quickly turns into a dive into tiny on-screen targets, DRM that prevents screenshots, and why, oh, why don't streaming services make things easier to share?

In follow-up, Merlin shares his new enthusiasm for the powerful combination of Git and Visual Studio …

#174: Cardamom & Turmeric

January 21st, 2022 · 85 minutes

After some discussion of the pre-flight and Merlin's problematic meal, there's a surprising amount of donut-related content, including identifying the unexpected challenges of running a successful Donut Friday. Merlin has some thoughts on the perils of cute ordering.

In follow-up, John highlights some helpful listener responses on LED bulbs. Ma…

#173: The Chicken Project

January 6th, 2022 · 101 minutes

John opens with a question, and Merlin admits to thinking about John in the morning. This leads to some U2 content and quick look at Disney's Encanto.

In follow-up, John shares some updates on his freezer situation and implies that he still plans to talk about his body soon.

This week's main topic concerns Merlin's Wisdom Project.