John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.



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#43: Pack Mule with a Checkbook

January 12th, 2017 · 117 minutes

This week, John won’t talk about his job, Merlin has jury duty (yes, again), and your hosts do some follow-up on documentaries. The disappearing of classic episodes of older PBS shows is lamented.

The main topic this week is Dad Stuff. Dad Jokes, Dad Hats, and Dad…everything. In particular, when did Dad Jokes become a thing, and exactly what part of that label is supposed to be so bad and insulting? John finds a lot to like about true Dad humor, while Merlin finds himself overwhelmed by a rapidly-widening aperture.

Following a bracing blast by an increasingly contextual spoiler horn (1:25:58), John and Merlin float into the epic, three-to-five-dimensional world of Christopher Nolan's 2014 science fiction epic, Interstellar.

(Recorded on Tuesday, January 3, 2017)

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Links and Show Notes

Mr. Show - "Pre-Taped Call-In Show"
Watch Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music Online at Hulu American Experience: New York Season 1: Ric Burns, WGBH Steeplechase Films: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Watch The OA Online | Netflix

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NOVA | Battle of the X-Planes | PBS
Jesco White - Wikipedia
My Heart Leaps Up - Wikipedia
Child Is Father of the Man - Wikipedia
The Giving Tree - Wikipedia
Mom Jeans: Support - Saturday Night Live - YouTube
Urban Dictionary: Dad Joke
Dad joke - Wikipedia

Many dad jokes may be considered anti-jokes, deriving humour from an intentionally unfunny punchline.

Interstellar (2014) - IMDb
Seinfeld Coke machine - YouTube
Best of NOVA Volume 1
Rockschool - Wikipedia

Rockschool was a television series aired by the BBC and PBS in 1985. The series explored the history of rock music and gave instruction in popular performance techniques.

Seinfeld - "I Had A Pony!" - YouTube
Fair-Play Whodunnit - TV Tropes

"In 1928, the writer Father Ronald Knox created a "Ten Commandments" of plot devices (Knox's Decalogue) that more or less codified the rules of the Fair-play whodunnit:"

Primer (2004) - IMDb

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.