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#31: Backsolve From Your Urges

July 28th, 2016 · 106 minutes

The main topic this time is 'Evolutionary Biology'. John runs through some common misconceptions, and widespread errors of analogies. Merlin candidly admits that he still doesn't really understand what he doesn't understand.

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This week we open on John struggling to jump through the hoops to get verified on Twitter. This leads to a discussion of the myriad ways in which abuse thrives unchecked in the absence of decisive action by Twitter-the-company. John excruciates over his now-required bio blurb.

In follow-up, several listeners are thanked and acknowledged, and Good Cop John just can't believe Merlin isn't a more strident and principled critic of "The Popcorn Trick."


Note: Since this episode was recorded, Paramount Vault appears to have pulled the Millennium Actress video from YouTube. Team RecDiffs will update if it reappears.

(Episode recorded Tuesday, July 19, 2016)


Rocket—faster emoji for your Mac
Millennium Actress - YouTube
Marina Epelman on Twitter: "@siracusa @hotdogsladies @RecDiffs https://t.co/iTZItWJd4r"
Matthew Palmer (@_matthewpalmer) | Twitter
Twitter Has Become a Park Filled With Bats and Perverts
Block Together
Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pioneer plaque - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WIPP Exhibit: Message to 12,000 A.D.
John Wayne Drunk Speech.wmv - YouTube
Putting out the Twitter trashfire — ART + marketing — Medium

This is that excellent list of suggestions for dealing with abuse on Twitter that Merlin couldn't remember.

Mr. Show - "pre taped call in show"
Ep. 208: "Coney Island Horniness" - Roderick on the Line - Merlin Mann
Aquafan.com - The Flop House Wiki - Wikia
Twitter Revenue Growth Dwindles; Outlook Disappoints - WSJ
Merlin Mann on Twitter: "Totally 👋 implausible! 👋 https://t.co/JmGsj4I0nB"

Totally 👋 implausible! 👋