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#74: Stingy on the Fives

March 22nd, 2018 · 126 minutes

This week’s first mini-topic concerns John's office chair. Honestly, why can't people just leave John's chair alone? Why always with the moving and the replacing? A chair is a very personal thing, and John likes his chair. So, what, now he has to get a bike lock or something? Merlin wonders if the form is actually hooked up to anything, and John thinks Merlin's cat looks like a towel.

The second mini-topic gives Merlin the opportunity to blow off some steam about FaceID. Merlin wonders if he is the only person with a problematic face, and John thinks Merlin might be razzle-dazzled. Cool AR demos are briefly considered.

In an accidental mini-topic, your hosts talk about the importance of hot food. Don't they know how they hurt Daddy's heart? Appropriate deployment of the InstantPot is discussed.

This week's main topic concerns The Oscars and the general phenomenon of industry award shows. What makes us get into these things, and who do we pull for? Who deserves an overdue Consolation Oscar, and why were 90s movies so weirdly unenduring? Merlin thinks of Avatar like The Silence, and John has strong opinions about who gets overlooked. Merlin's relieved John is not his Dad, and John proudly utilizes every part of the star range.

(Recorded on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.)

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