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#57: Losing my Stormtrooper

July 27th, 2017 · 129 minutes

This week kicks off with Merlin walking John through his exciting new nap workflow. John has significant safety concerns. In dog news, it seems Daisy has discovered toilet paper.

This week’s accidental main topic finds your hosts ending up talking a lot about 80s Music. Why are all the lyrics sites wrong? U2 vs. R.E.M.? How even would you make a radio mixtape? Is it really just a matter of trust?

The more on-purpose main topic is Taking Care of Things. How did John get so careful with his stuff, and what exactly would happen if water dribbled on Merlin’s signed FF #1 with baby variant cover? Should spilt milk make anyone cry, and why is there rice everywhere?

The TV has a three-foot perimeter, but the plastic runner has been taken up for one day, because Jesus.

(Recorded on Thursday, July 11, 2017.)

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Links and Show Notes

Mondegreen - Wikipedia
R.E.M. - Sitting Still - Google Play Music
R.E.M. – Sitting Still Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
ZATARAIN'S® Spanish Rice | McCormick

More than 1,500 years ago, North African immigrants brought rice to Spain, where the crop thrived. It wasn’t long before Spanish cooks were simmering rice with onions, bell pepper, garlic and tomatoes to create what is known in the U.S. as Spanish rice.

Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust - YouTube
Mondegreen - Wikipedia

American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing about how as a girl she had misheard the lyric "...and laid him on the green" in a Scottish ballad as "...and Lady Mondegreen".

Ral Partha
Wilfully Obscure: Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star, Featuring Chris Bell (2017, Omnivore) - A brief overview.
The Paradox of Choice - Wikipedia
Unjustly Maligned | "R.E.M., early" with Merlin Mann (Episode 48)
Ep. 251: "Popped Out" - Roderick on the Line - Merlin Mann

The Problem: He made his bones to Jefferson Airplane.

U2 - Gloria (1981) - YouTube
U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love) [Slane Castle Version] - YouTube
Lost Weekend - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - YouTube
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now? (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Inquisitive #46: Favourite Album: John Siracusa and 'Achtung Baby' - Relay FM

This week, Myke talks to John Siracusa about 'Achtung Baby', by U2.

Big Week Not gonna lie. Little shaky, here. What... | kung fu grippe

Matt! Fraction!

Dan Wilson from Semisonic 10/17/2015 Explaining "Closing Time" - YouTube
▶︎ Top Of The Food Chain | TW Walsh
Sideshow bob stepping on rakes - YouTube
Amazon.com: Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Omelette Fry Pan, 10-inch and 12-inch Set, Black: Omelet Pans: Kitchen & Dining
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart - YouTube