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#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.

#172: First, Make a Hole

December 24th, 2021 · 111 minutes

Your hosts discuss John’s new freezer.

#171: Time Off

December 10th, 2021 · 92 minutes

Things kick off with Merlin's ongoing confusion about the role of the pre-flight.

Merlin thinks John is being kind of terse, and John almost quotes what The Wolf said—and, yet, he somehow remembers exactly what model of car The Wolf drove.

Then, there's a fair amount of talk about old Apple keyboards. Merlin abuses his relationship with Joh…

#170: Overton Shame Window

November 27th, 2021 · 108 minutes

In follow-up, your hosts fix a couple errors, then complain about restaurant delivery apps and label makers. The hammer drill is considered and demoed.

As a main topic, your hosts discuss the future of gender.

(Episode recorded Tuesday, November 16, 2021)

#169: Open Up the Frog

November 13th, 2021 · 92 minutes

Following an accidental pre-show, John bans clapping, and Merlin announces he doesn't want to run a store.

In an epic mini-topic, John addresses how he deals with safely getting rid of old media. The answers will not surprise you.

Next, Merlin has questions about lawn signs. Frank Chu is remembered.

The main topic is Lifestreams. What…

#168: The Robes of Science

October 29th, 2021 · 99 minutes

Your hosts did their first pre-flight, and it went pretty well.

Next up, in direct contravention to the dictates governing the uneasy peace with ATP, there is some computer talk. Specifically, Merlin wants to know if John really didn't do any research, and John wants to hear Merlin's reactions to A…

#167: A Close Italian Reading

October 15th, 2021 · 101 minutes

John will not relay messages from Merlin to John's wife, and Merlin feels like he's finally getting over whatever passes for summer. Marco hates it when his phone hits his junk, and both of your hosts consider how an eagle, a monkey, and a bucket of water can do heroic work together. Also, Merlin can't remember several things, but he claims to hav…

#166: Our Monster

September 30th, 2021 · 75 minutes

Follow-up brings a couple corrections and a quick dive into the technology that was going to change how cities are designed. John thinks it's a miracle that the New York subway was ever built, and Merlin thinks a lot of politics is mostly about telling people they were right.

As a main topic, John encourages Merlin to share some happy memories …

#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 …