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#75: The Most Popular Meat Grinder in Town

April 4th, 2018 · 129 minutes

This week, things kick into gear quickly with a mini-topic about Instagram. Why isn’t Merlin on it, and why does John like it so much? John likes it as a refreshing break from word things, but Merlin still thinks there are too many hashtags and birds on wires. Merlin really misses the salad days of Flickr, but of course John derails it to yet another goof on Merlin’s pronunciation. And, then, the boys are on to accents. ‘Ello, guv’na!

Next, your hosts wind back around to the occasional topic of celebrity relationships. Merlin thinks he could be friends with a given minor celebrity, and, unsurprisingly, John balks. John and Merlin acknowledge and explore their different brands of crippling self-doubt.

In something like a main topic, your hosts talk about Facebook. Schadenfreude aside, Merlin struggles with why anyone is still there, while John’s not so sure some people will ever leave.

Finally, your hosts ruefully wonder when they'll know it's time to walk away from the services they do like.

(Recorded on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.)

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Links and Show Notes

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Spoilers:

"John [Roderick], please tell Merlin we are friends now"