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#165: In the Drift

September 17th, 2021 · 94 minutes

John wonders about up-talk greetings, and Merlin confesses to some recent situational imbibing.

Follow-up addresses the "Too-Rye-Ay" question, the enumeration of pasta shapes, and how many kinds of beetles there actually are. Tangents include celebrity biographies, Adam and the Ants video casting, Alta Vista search operators, and the actresses …

#164: Casual Injustices

September 3rd, 2021 · 98 minutes

There's follow-up on Merlin's Vacation Results, and your hosts wonder which Doctor they'd each be. The big topic of college continues with thoughts on the thistle of standardized testing.

#163: Big Flyers

August 20th, 2021 · 143 minutes

Merlin shares his Vacation Results.

#162: A Pile of Bed

August 7th, 2021 · 98 minutes

Remembering various animal actors, enumerating genres that need a name, considering the philosophies behind "bag in a bag," and contrasting college with the ordinary crucibles of post-adolescent life.

#161: ASCII Salad Bar

July 24th, 2021 · 111 minutes

Exploring Italian food, celebrating markup languages, and (finally) beginning to tackle the topic of college.

(Recorded on Tuesday, July 13, 2021)

#160: The Spouse Trap

July 10th, 2021 · 106 minutes

Merlin just woke up, John is full of beans, and things get a little silly.

Meet Lidlicker.

#159: The Narrow Priesthood

June 25th, 2021 · 79 minutes

Cameras! Just so much about cameras.

But, also: amusing primates, Taylor Swift, ““content creation,”” crummy band managers, widespread misunderstanding of Lucille Bluth, the genius and tragedy of Howard Ashman, RFC1178, plus John shares his nostalgia for one indefatigable computer naming scheme.

#158: Wait for the Wave

June 11th, 2021 · 136 minutes

This week kicks off with Merlin offering a heartfelt thank you to John for helping him know where he is. John shouldn't need to wiggle, and Merlin can't imagine ever asking for the return of "contact." Your hosts agree accessibility is good for everybody.

John has updates on drama in the NES Tetris Scene, and Merlin remembers bringing a p…

#157: Champion Snackers

May 28th, 2021 · 91 minutes

Things kick off with some call confusion, a boombox cameo, and a roundtable on the problematic nature of John Hughes's movies. Automobile?

This leads to some nostalgia for the 1979 film, Breaking Away. Your hosts debate which one of them is which character in the movie, but both agree it’s still a stone cold classic.

Next up, your host…

#156: Feeding the Meetings

May 13th, 2021 · 103 minutes

Things kick off with the usual disagreements about who’s driving and who’s in the trunk, but then things briefly settle into an interrogation of the purpose behind begging for podcast ratings and reviews. Does it actually, really help new people to discover the show?

John tries to remember a song, and Merlin fondly recalls _un cheval maladroi…