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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 Hot Fuzz?

John and Merlin recall the probematic films of their youth and enumerate several that their kids are specifically not encouraged to watch. John lets his son choose the movie by genre only, and Merlin worries about robbing his kid of a precious film gift. Merlin has thoughts on the humanity of Vines, and John doesn't enjoy Merlin's favorite Vine, although, Merlin really likes John's frog video. Why are the Daddies popping all those cherries, and what's the name of that Ewok guy anyway?

In follow-up, Merlin has some excellent ancillary material on Hamilton, but John just won't let him have this one. Isolated track videos are discussed. Your hosts struggle through various aspects of Boston indie rock history.

This week’s main topic is the controversial debate over running Apple betas. Who should and shouldn’t be running them? What are the risks and benefits? And what happens if all your iCloud data gets borked, smart guy?

Things get a little silly, and the guys start doing voices. John has a challenge for Max.

In Super Tech Support, John helps Merlin diagnose a weird iOS audio problem. John struggles with his Console, and Merlin does one last voice.

(Recorded on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.)

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Taylor Swift - "Mean" - YouTube
Upgrade #251: And Then You Eat the Ice Cream - Relay FM

Myke at the Movies calls on "Kiki's Delivery Service."

The Incomparable | A Real Imaginary Friend (Episode 194)

Grab your black cat and portable radio, climb on your mom’s broomstick, and join us for a king-sized discussion of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated film “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” This film features a climactic scene featuring an out-of-control dirigible, so you know we love it.

Hero (2002) - IMDb

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) - IMDb

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

The Act of Creation - Wikipedia

From describing and comparing many different examples of invention and discovery, Koestler concludes that they all share a common pattern which he terms "bisociation" – a blending of elements drawn from two previously unrelated matrices of thought into a new matrix of meaning by way of a process involving comparison, abstraction and categorisation, analogies and metaphors.

shauna on Twitter: "I laughed at this and if it makes me a bad person then I guess we'll both just have to learn to live with that. https://t.co/rjQpXvGtDs"
Is that a WEED?! - YouTube
Strong Songs
Strong Songs: "Satisfied" from Hamilton
Song Exploder | Episode 28: The Long Winters
"Napster…BAD!"
Make Do #35: Merlin Mann and Vulnerability - Relay FM