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#190: Three Whys Later

September 2nd, 2022 · 81 minutes

We learn why John is still behind on his podcasts as well as why Merlin liked it better when podcasts were less…"professional."

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with a brief debate on whether using things wrong makes you a hacker.

In Follow-Up, John has updates on that announcement about dropping a device in a plane seat, and Merlin expresses skepticism about announcements in general.

Then, there's some updates related to the prior discussion of performance reviews. Believe it or not, quantifying the unquantifiable is even more difficult than it sounds.

In our members-only bonus show: John has updates on Half-Empty Nest Syndrome.

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(Recorded on Tuesday, August 23, 2022)


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