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#199: Reverse Gift of the Magi

January 6th, 2023 · 102 minutes

It's time for Holiday Results, which somehow includes strong opinions on labeling leftovers, preparing strawberries, and sweating "le mot juste." Also, ponies are considered.

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Links and Show Notes

Merlin is pretty proud of his dinner, but John has questions about the dressing situation. Merlin may not understand how skiing works.

In Follow-Up, John shares more voices from the past, and your hosts confront an escalating international rift about the existence of a facial expression.


Max Kreienbaum on "frown"
Canecittadino on "frown"
Jonny Eklund on "frown"
Imre on "frown"
Mark Steadman on "frown"
Cai on "frown"
Florence Pugh being vaguely frown-y
The Wonder
Frontline: The Merchants of Cool
John's birthday carrot cake recipe, from Ina Garten
Laurie Anderson - "Language is a Virus" (1982) - YouTube
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) - Reference View - IMDb

A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies.

Meditations On Moloch | Slate Star Codex

Like all good mystical experiences, it happened in Vegas.

Chloë Grace Moretz Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED - YouTube
‎John Siracusa’s films • Letterboxd

John has watched 204 films rated ★★½ .