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#91: Truck Stop Floor Mat

November 14th, 2018 · 93 minutes

This week kicks off with the Mid-Term Election Extravaganza. Merlin is definitely not watching the results, and John realizes he shouldn’t have checked in at all.

Listeners are assigned Spoiler Slot homework being the Amazon Prime series, Homecoming. Also, upon John’s recommendation, Merlin bought a very large book. Your hosts talk about the …

#90: Cargo-Cult Thoreau

November 1st, 2018 · 98 minutes

This week kicks off with some Dear Evan Hansen talk, and Merlin admits he still hasn’t earned the second act. This leads John to interrogate this odd affliction of Merlin’s. Both hosts finally address how, whether, and when they commit to the full consumption of cultural products. Why does John so often stick with the whole season of a C-plus …

#89: Popcorn Problems

October 18th, 2018 · 85 minutes

This week, Merlin has a lot going on, and John has questions about how Do By Friday works behind the scenes. In turn, Merlin has some iCloud questions for John. There is discussion of photo management and the trend line for Apple’s dependability in services. John worries about losing his hearts, and Merlin gets some really terrible prints made. …

#88: Static Contraction

October 4th, 2018 · 123 minutes

This week, John has a musical request for Merlin, and Merlin agrees to hop on the court. This leads to a discussion of musical fingernail trimming, and the revelation of an upsetting new callus.

John has questions about Merlin’s crazy bandwidth. This leads to misty, water-colored memories of the way we downloaded. Time was, no one could get ISD…

#87: Looking for Something to Manage

September 20th, 2018 · 111 minutes

This week kicks off with some complaining about Google’s UI cruft. Also, why are school websites so bad? Technology old and new is discussed. John just wants to upload a photo, and Merlin learns a lot about targeted individuals. John is skeptical about whether this is really a thing, but Merlin is pretty sure it is.

John thinks Merlin missed …

#86: Horse’s Feed Bag Full of Food

September 5th, 2018 · 122 minutes

This week, Merlin is losing his mind, and John’s kids can’t even.

Merlin praises his kid’s tech-savvy teacher, and John has questions about how well Merlin has been following his orders. Merlin admits that he literally has not.

Homework is discussed, and John confesses to once starting the world’s longest book report. John recounts his ca…

#85: Comedy’s Not Funny

August 23rd, 2018 · 107 minutes

This week kicks off with John’s candid assessment of Merlin’s new facial hair experiment, and Merlin expresses sympathy for John’s own grave face challenges. Ziti is briefly discussed, and Merlin has a feature request for ATP.

John has some questions about a podcast Merlin likes, and this leads to a discursive walk through ***what makes a pod…

#84: Camptivities

August 9th, 2018 · 108 minutes

Again with the Skype, and the show is off and running with a quick gloss on Programming, Scratch, homemade Pong, and another podcast where John adjudicates what is or is not a thing.

John goes bowling, but it isn’t proper bowling, and Merlin doesn’t actually make it into arcades so much anymore. John explores the squalid underworld of Gamblin…

#83: A Pit of Feek

July 26th, 2018 · 86 minutes

This week, Merlin has managed his time poorly and John has notes about the verisimilitude of Memoji. John’s daughter is at camp and Merlin thinks the show notes are just a mess.

This week’s mini-topic cover’s Merlin’s struggle with a sound bar. This leads to some TV (set) talk. John is in the market for a new one and Merlin asks for some tech a…

#82: Summer of Intentionalities

July 11th, 2018 · 105 minutes

This week starts with an inhale as Merlin fails to solve several of John's musical puzzles. Then, there's some R.E.M. talk. As you do.

This week's mini-topic involves Merlin's Summer Projects. Merlin likes choosing the right word, and John doesn't really do projects. This ends up leading to some deep discussion about buying a guitar and…