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



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#165: In the Drift

September 17th, 2021 · 94 minutes

The main topic concerns Merlin's recent turn as Mr. Mom.

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Links and Show Notes

John wonders about up-talk greetings, and Merlin confesses to some recent situational imbibing.

Follow-up addresses the "Too-Rye-Ay" question, the enumeration of pasta shapes, and how many kinds of beetles there actually are. Tangents include celebrity biographies, Adam and the Ants video casting, Alta Vista search operators, and the actresses that Merlin collects.


Give to St. Jude!
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
Bing Crosby singing Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral
"I used to be able to name every beetle that there was…"
Van Morrison - "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" - YouTube
Dexys Midnight Runners - "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" - YouTube
Brian Wilson Said - Tear for Fears
Take On Me (Live From MTV Unplugged)
Spotify Landmark: Tears For Fears
The 19 ways you can say "ha ha, what"
The dog-grooming YouTube channel that John mentioned
Simon Callow
Amanda Donohoe - IMDb
Adam & The Ants - "Antmusic" (1980) - YouTube

Feat. Amanda Donohoe

Adam & The Ants - "Stand And Deliver" (1981) - YouTube

Feat. Amanda Donohoe and Simon Callow

Adam & The Ants - "Prince Charming" (1981) - YouTube

Feat. Simon Callow

Drift | Pacific Rim Wiki | Fandom

The Drift…is a process that two Jaeger pilots undergo prior to synchronizing with the Jaeger itself.

High rising terminal - Wikipedia

The high rising terminal (HRT), also known as upspeak, uptalk, rising inflection, upward inflection, or high rising intonation (HRI), is a feature of some variants of English where declarative sentence clauses end with a rising-pitch intonation, until the end of the sentence where a falling-pitch is applied.

LockPickingLawyer - YouTube

"This is the lock-picking 📈 lawyer…"

Simple Minds - "Up On The Catwalk" (1984) - YouTube
Betty Everett - Shoop Shoop Song (it´s in his kiss) - YouTube
Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop (Official Video) - YouTube
Oranger - "Mike Love, Not War" (1998) - YouTube
"The Painted Word" by Tom Wolfe

"Realism does not lack its partisans, but it does rather conspicuously lack a persuasive theory."

Big eyes actress - IMDb