John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.



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#145: The Opposite Mistake

December 11th, 2020 · 87 minutes

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with John's dissection of Merlin's bespoke automated filler text. This leads to a fascinating discussion of Lorem Ipsum, type specimens, and lexical anomalies.

Which, of course, leads to a look at Tenet (available in cinemas everywhere now). John has some sports analogies, and Merlin found himself rewinding a lot (in the cinema, of course). Merlin likes specificity, and John sees protons and anti-protons across Nolan's oeuvre.

In further media dissection, your hosts talk about Ted Lasso and The Crown.

Your hosts share wisdom from their kids' schools.

(Recorded on Tuesday, December 1, 2020)


Adriano Celentano - "Prisencolinensinainciusol" - YouTube
Prisencolinensinainciusol - Wikipedia

The song is intended to sound to its Italian audience as if it is sung in English spoken with an American accent, vaguely reminiscent of Bob Dylan

Lorem ipsum - Wikipedia

In publishing and graphic design, Lorem ipsum is a placeholder text commonly used to demonstrate the visual form of a document or a typeface without relying on meaningful content.

Lorem Ipsum – Generator, Origins and Meaning
Pangram - Wikipedia

A pangram (Greek: παν γράμμα, pan gramma, "every letter") or holoalphabetic sentence is a sentence using every letter of a given alphabet at least once.

"You're Wrong About" podcast

Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event, person or phenomenon that’s been miscast in the public imagination.

Jim Gaffigan - "Opening" (Beyond the Pale; 2006)

("He's a pale fellow…Is this all he does?")