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#226: A Weak Button

John thinks Merlin was overkissed.

January 19th, 2024 · 90 minutes

John shares some updates on "Secret Weird Things [Other] People Do,"

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Links and Show Notes

John thinks Merlin is wasting his time trying to tune his news consumption, and Merlin reveals that he knows more than you'd probably think about women's fashion.

In Follow-Up, a listener has questions about applying BFF to anime, and John offers a response that Merlin finds almost useful. Merlin shares some FU on both his late father and chapter markers.

Merlin is struggling in a shell, and John thinks a lot of people could probably benefit from learning UNIX from the bottom-up.

John shares a quick update on the Britishisms that are crossing the pond—even in the world of reality TV.

Next, up John has some updates on "Secret Weird Things People Do," collecting a few links to threads that, to varying degrees of credulity, address similar secret weird things.

Your hosts are both reminded of a memorable All in the Family scene that pretty definitely counts as one of the SWTPD. Because footwear has an order of operations you never notice until someone else does it weird.

For this month's members-only bonus show, John interrogates Merlin's new sobriety.

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(Recorded on Tuesday, January 9, 2024)


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