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



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#193: The Wrong Helen

October 14th, 2022 · 91 minutes

John aggressively interrogates a new Secret Weird Thing Merlin Does.

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with an ambitious proposal to recognize outstanding work by team members and keep the relationship fresh.

After ticking an item off of his "queue," John leads a nominally rapid-fire round highlighted by a controversial new Secret Weird Things People Do.

Things wrap with a provocative Dog Update in which John leverages the love of a British TV show to re-home a new friend with Merlin's family. Merlin identifies the wrong Helen.

(Recorded on Tuesday, October 4, 2022)


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