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



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#18: It's Devastating

January 28th, 2016 · 112 minutes

This week, John ruthlessly critiques Merlin's Google Docs style, followed by a tentative announcement about how listeners can help support the show.

The primary topic this week is names and naming. Merlin struggles in vain to pronounce John's name to his satisfaction, John reveals his middle name, and the boys dive deep on the lore, reality, and complexities of how both people and stuff get their names. Apologies to Daenerys, BETH!, Liz, and Jeh-NIGH-fur.

Finally, Merlin reveals that his family has acquired a PS4 that he doesn't really understand very well and that has been used mainly to repeatedly enter passwords and decorate a makebelieve Disney house. John scolds Merlin for half-heartedly starting Journey.

(Recorded January 5, 2016)

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