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July 5th, 2024 · 98 minutes

What does it mean to be a young person in the age of ubiquitous capture?

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Things kick off with Merlin's inspiring Apple success story. Then, there's some consideration of where all these wrecked cars might be coming from.

In Follow-Up, John learns he's not the only aging auto enthusiast whose magazine has gotten bigger. Also, listeners share more novel, rich-people technologies for making your kitchen look like it's not actually a kitchen.

The main topic finds your hosts considering what it means to be a young person in the age of ubiquitous capture. John makes a case for the value of having all your ideas challenged, and Merlin learns how little he knew about the ERA.

In this month’s member bonus episode, your hosts finally address a topic that's been hanging out in the doc for a while now: Mastodon hates threads. After making two distinct piles, Merlin does a terrible job just sticking to the first one.

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(Recorded on Tuesday, June 25, 2024)


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