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#231: The Seventh Segment of a Seventh Segment

Merlin only ate one.

March 29th, 2024 · 88 minutes

Topic include perception, misdirection, binaries, and how it is that "Survivor" so rarely leaks.

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with the usual problems, and then somehow there's a whole thing about magic tricks, perception, and misdirection. John cannily coins "The Reverse Columbo."

In Follow-Up, Merlin has a headphone correction, Listener Dave nominates !bff, Listener Benjamin identifies the weird old guy pronunciation channel, and a band from the 80s gets the LED out.

John points out that, with computers, binaries are definitely a thing, but Merlin feels like he could go either way about it.

For a main topic, your hosts have more to say about Jelinsky. As a very entertaining dingaling, our guy's brief time on Survivor provides a good opportunity to explore how the show is produced and presented.

Finally, your hosts consider John's potential career path as "an external coach."

(Recorded on Tuesday, March 19, 2024)


Dr, Geoff Lindsey, "the weird old guy pronunciation channel"
An American T-dropping conspiracy?! - YouTube
Jack Rhodes's YouTube channel
Slow-motion up-close magic example video - YouTube
Merlin's Apollo Robbins playlist - YouTube
Trying to understand why light "slows down" in water, glass, etc. - YouTube
The cover of The Police album Ghost in the Machine
Fair-Play mysteries
List of Seinfeld fictional films

The series Seinfeld mentions many fictional films, sometimes as major plot elements, sometimes minor plot elements and often as running gags.

Revisiting the Seinfeld Movie Posters - IGN
"Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants" (David Mamet, 1996)
Dr. Katz - Best of Ray Romano - YouTube
"Blade Runner" (1982) - Photo Analysis Scene - YouTube
Penn and Teller Magic bullet catch complete - YouTube


A question and three answers

What is one thing that you wish everyone understood about being trans in America?