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#150: The Stands

February 18th, 2021 · 76 minutes

Merlin meets a new neighbor, and John still wonders whether he lives in the woods. This leads to a deep dive on clothes that don't fit. John has doubts about Merlin's reported height.

In follow-up, John corrects the record on the provenance of his family's Christmas tree stand. In what turns out to be an ongoing stretch of sematic satiation, this leads to an exploration of Stephen King. Are any of the adaptations as good as his books? And what happened when a canine-having Mainer wanted some of those Mahzes-bahs they have up to the store?

Next, the focus turns to TV stands. While pretty much all of them are incompatible with John's house, this generates a careful visual interrogation of the bizarre manner in which Sony thinks your home works.

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Links and Show Notes


Merlin's fancy sweatpants
Todd Vaziri Answers Movie & TV VFX Questions
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

Sony A90J TV
LG G1 "Gallery Stand" photos
John's Destiny artwork, by Emily Megan X Art
Time-lapse video of John's Destiny artwork being created
Real-time streams of John's Destiny artwork being created
John's original Hypercritical article
How to Draw an Owl meme
Buy prints from Emily Megan X Art