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#108: Next Week is Now

July 10th, 2019 · 98 minutes

Merlin is not mentally-prepared, but John reminds him that preparedness is an illusion. Or is it? The boys try to remember quotes from The Godfather. Sally is a cool name.

Your hosts discuss what happens when your friends have different taste in movies, and then you have to listen to them talk about it on a podcast. I mean, who doesn't like _…

#107: Aren't We a Pair?

June 27th, 2019 · 112 minutes

This week kicks off with John iteerogating Merlin's authentic Italiano recipe for baked ziti. Merlin says it's a hit with his family, but John has a lot of problems with the ingredients. Not least the yogurt. John has a much simpler approach, but Merlin is anxious about stirring the sauce.

Sometimes, recipes come with very long anecdotes, and…

#106: Tales from the Elder Days

June 12th, 2019 · 93 minutes

This week kicks off with Merlin doing John's bit. Merlin has a new ATP shirt but hasn't earned it yet. Your hosts disagree on which of them has the worse taste and sense of humor. Merlin gender-swaps his face and sends it to John, and this leads to a discussion of hairs. John has some information on genes and earwax. The history of product packagi…

#105: Bastik in a Bastik

May 29th, 2019 · 112 minutes

John is coming in hot this week, and Merlin is kind of struggling to keep up with him. Merlin tries to compensate by making up some lyrics, and John explains canary traps. Merlin forgets things.

John intērrogates the virality of podcast mispronunciations, and before long, the listener is subjected to a blinding fusillade of quips, japes, refere…

#104: True Bottom

May 15th, 2019 · 94 minutes

This week kicks off with John confronting Merlin about his lack of a checklist and Merlin confronting John about his paltry micturition. This leads to Merlin explaining why he's a recycling whale who deliberately withholds his bounty from one particular Tusken Raider. Going to the bathroom can be a sleep-extinction event.

John's kids can't prin…

#103: Minimum Viable Joke

May 1st, 2019 · 79 minutes

This week kicks off with some follow-up on John's epic fridge journey. In addition to many photos of uneven refrigerator doors, John has also received several warnings about what he needs to be watching out for. John also appends his anecdote to include a related new appliance, and Merlin recommends a tactical ice option. Your hosts discuss the …

#102: Preparing the Way

April 17th, 2019 · 117 minutes

Your hosts discuss John’s new refrigerator.

#101: Duke of Bits

April 3rd, 2019 · 109 minutes

This week kicks off with a critique of the GUI for Skype. What’s Merlin’s problem with Swing anyway? John introduces the “MPU” then mostly agrees to drive.

John interrogates Merlin about a recent and notorious technical problem with one of his other programs. There is talk of check lists plus more fretfulness about the topic that cannot be disc…

#100: Tungsten

March 21st, 2019 · 108 minutes

This week, Merlin feels a little thin, and John still has to re-position his windows. Every time.

John has follow-up on peanut butter and a theory about the balls in Merlin's brain. In further follow-up, John has achieved success in his ticking-clock Destiny project, but it doesn't mean quite as much as his achievement in _Super Monkey Bal…

#99: Coconut Scenario

March 7th, 2019 · 99 minutes

Merlin thinks John is late, and John thinks Merlin needs to check his NTP server. Merlin's family is watching The Office, and this leads to a discussion of sitcom conceits. John assigned some secondary homework this week, so the trailer for Yesterday is considered. Merlin realizes he shouldn't look at links, and John almost admits to liking a …