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#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…

#155: I Don’t Feel like It’s an Edge

May 1st, 2021 · 90 minutes

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Merlin needs a 4K monitor, and Apple won’t end his suffering by making one. John got his first vaccine shot, so he’s not sweating it.

Merlin’s grandmother liked to make lists an…

#154: Put Your Chair in the Queue

April 16th, 2021 · 73 minutes

Things kick off with the usual disagreements about the doc and its proper usage. Merlin thought he was going to be driving, but John curtly redirects him into the trunk.

Follow-up brings a handful of fun D&D-related content, including the work of John's talented Cousin Frankie. Outrage-based documentaries are considered.

The main topic this …

#153: Banana Ball

April 3rd, 2021 · 86 minutes

Your hosts skip the pre-flight, then end up talking a little about preparing for a performance. Novelty sports experiments are considered.

Following some corrections, self-analysis, and technological digression, Merlin's computer poops the bed. Covid considerations continue to interfere with life, and sometimes you have to fight your family's o…

#152: Warnings of Gales in Trafalgar

March 19th, 2021 · 91 minutes

John has questions about Merlin's use of the doc, and Merlin is confused about the challenge this week.

Merlin never got his nap, but John has thoughts in general about things being played at him. Which leads to an exploration of how your hosts differ in the role various sorts of audio play in their lives.

Should meditation be "relaxing?"…