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#227: Settled Business

John is not a candle person.

February 2nd, 2024 · 104 minutes

Your hosts begin unpacking some of the things it took them too long to realize

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John has thoughts on how home chefs overcomplicate Italian recipes, and Merlin administers a pop quiz.

What starts as quick Follow-Up leads to a discussion of UNIX history, culture, and philosophy.

As a main topic, your hosts begin unpacking some of the things it took them too long to realize. Merlin provides several very interesting examples, and John does not.

But Merlin does not hold it against him.

(Recorded on Tuesday, January 23, 2024)


Bolognese recipe
Advent wreath - Wikipedia
Air Tag
Kieran Healy's toot about command-line stuff
Modern Plain Text Computing
Unix Power Tools
Modern Operating Systems, by Andrew Tanenbaum and Herbert Bos
AT&T Archives: The UNIX Operating System - YouTube
The Rise of Worse Is Better
Worse Is Better (Retrospective)
errno.h - A header file containing Unix error numbers
Aja (Steely Dan album)
strerror() - A function to convert error numbers to error message strings
Rod Stewart's Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) lyrics

"Spread your wings and let me come inside"

Tokyo DisneySea Review: Simply Incredible - YouTube
Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland 2016 - YouTube

Merlin misspoke. The amazing variant of the Haunted Mansion he was thinking of is at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage: Tokyo DisneySea's Hidden Gem - YouTube

So, to this day, over forty years later, whenever someone complains that "everyone already knows this" or they whine about how "everyone has already seen this," I always think the same thing:

Every day, somebody's born who's never seen The Flintstones.