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#194: Hard Four

October 28th, 2022 · 89 minutes

John has been looking into the unclaimed property of Massachusetts, but Merlin always assumes everything like this is some kind of jam-up.

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with John's strident observation of pre-show hygiene, and Merlin struggles to know his Targaryens from his Velaryons and his Valyrians. Merlin has a lot of problem with twins, and John mourns this new generation's lack of respect for proper media queuing. As ever, Merlin's demos are the worst.

There's some brief confusion about 80s music, and, even though he's drop-tuned, Merlin plays John a nice "FMaj7" chord. John claims to have no interest in Merlin making him a mixtape.

In Follow-Up, John interrogates Merlin about a new domain name. John pushes some commits to Merlin, as various tool tip options are workshopped in real time lol.

Merlin offers John a prestigious new position, because he's got a bunch of computer problems to put him on. John demurs.

This somehow leads to a surprisingly deep discussion of Letterboxd and the inevitable return of the evergreen topic of ratings and reviews. John and Merlin do not want to host their own email.

In the (101 minute!) members-only bonus show, John has real-time Letterboxd homework for Merlin, and your hosts consider what it will be like to pick through their digital lives after they die.

And, finally, yes: John has even more updates on his seemingly endless journey towards "home improvement."

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(Recorded on Tuesday, October 18, 2022)


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Elliott Tittensor (Erryk Cargyll on House of the Dragon)
Targaryen Family Tree - House of the Dragon
World, from the New Order album Republic
If you see someone drowning…lol
A Confederacy of Dunces
Why do people put xX and Xx around their name?
There's a Hole in My Bucket
Unclaimed Property Division of Massachusetts
The Mat Honan hack
"Pig Butchering" scam
Inventing Anna - Anna Delvey Netflix show
Studio Ghibli Park
Blast my cache!
Jack Dorso - Arrested Development
Mac Office 2001 icons
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John's Letterboxd profile
Merlin's Letterboxd profile
John's Letterboxd lists
Merlin's Letterboxd lists
CSS Keywords
Mac Spotlight search tips
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