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#78: Right Above Self-Actualization

May 17th, 2018 · 110 minutes

This week’s main topic is tricky to label, but let’s call the jumping-off point, Millenials and Quality.

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Links and Show Notes

This week kicks off punctually, with some follow-up from John on Destiny 2 users getting more vault space to hold all their stuff. Why not 3000 slots? Who even knows? Merlin confesses that he’s terrible at controlling his PlayStation and extolls the magic and perplexity of Movies Anywhere. Siri control of Apple TV is discussed.

In more official follow-up, John has updates on the systematic chair cleansing at his office. John has a rooting interest in the last rebel chair, and Merlin wonders if John’s maybe thinking about it a little too much. John also updates us on the status of his peckerhead.

Merlin is happy to hear John checked out Monster Factory but continues to be sad that the McElroys aren’t John’s cup of comedy tea. Other homework is reviewed.

Next up comes a short and mostly spoiler-free discussion of the movie, Isle of Dogs. John’s curious what Merlin thought was so kid-unfriendly about it, and Merlin obliges, albeit with important additional details. The Fantastic Mr. Fox is lauded.

Merlin thinks six podcasts is too much podcast, and John says that’s nothing compared to real performers. For some reason, Les Miz keeps coming up, and Merlin endorses the comedy of John Mulaney.

Does curating the stories about one’s possessions potentially represent a subtle generational divide? Merlin has a young and cockamamie theory about why younger people obsess about coffee and backpacks, and John notes that everybody used to keep their houses way nicer. John struggles to identify the things he doesn’t know he doesn’t care about, and Merlin finds portent in his Grandmother’s biannual stripe of cleanliness.

Things wrap with John’s concerns for his television in the presence of dancing, and news is shared about a family member’s bold new dietary declaration.

(Recorded on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.)

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