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#115: Rational Twilight

October 16th, 2019 · 99 minutes

John has some questions about productivity, and Merlin has realized the new dragon is an attractive nuisance.

Merlin has questions about his costly new chair, and John offers some further arm removal encouragement. John's flying monkeys chime in, and Merlin gets a reference in one. Merlin's family watches some Star Trek, and technical drawings are considered.

John gives Merlin some stick about his entirely proper USPS formatting. Next, John has follow-up on using the Apple TV TV TV app, and Merlin is very impressed with his results.

Believe it or not, this leads to discussion of problems with using the Apple TV. How do you click left on a diving board?

John agrees to skip talking about the new dragon for now, but, somehow, still manages to work in some side dagger.

The PG&E power debacle is discussed. Merlin assures John that his spreadsheets are safe.

Your hosts return to their Secret Weird Things People Do project. You'll have to just listen and judge for yourself: are John and Merlin secretly weird?

(Recorded on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.)

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