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



Support this show

Join for $7/month Join for $70/year
Get an ad-free version of the show, plus a monthly extended episode.

#79: Goofball Island

May 31st, 2018 · 92 minutes

This week kicks off with a main topic: Kid Independence Projects. Merlin is trying a new thing, and John admits that he’s "pan-fretful."

This episode of Reconcilable Differences is sponsored by:

  • Mack Weldon: Smart underwear for smart guys. Get 20% off your first order with the code DIFFS.

Stream this episode

Download: MP3 (63.51 MB)

Links and Show Notes

What kind of stuff do you undertake to encourage your kids’ independence and responsibility? What about the fires and the knives? Merlin is proud when his daughter deceives him, but John’s a little disappointed with his kid’s failure to cover her tracks. Can you even imagine your kid having to go to church?

In follow-up, John updates us on how his beloved TV fared during the sleepover dance party. Merlin shudders to recall the unbelievable tween drama of a very large sleepover.

Merlin was hoping John had forgotten he’d agreed, out of nowhere, to definitely watch Millennium Actress. Would you like to speculate as to whether John remembered? Merlin confesses his Broadway kick.

John interrogates Merlin’s sleep and napping habits, then reveals what would happen if he had a week at home alone. Merlin shares an unexpected side-gift of the Kid Independence Project, and both hosts continue to embarrass their daughters very deeply.

Cautionary Tale (ca. 1988)

Cautionary Tale (ca. 1988) | Lot going on there. Be sure to … | Flickr
How to talk to the Google Assistant through your Nest products

Nest Cam IQ Indoor includes the Google Assistant. That means you can speak to your camera to get information, manage tasks, and control the other smart devices in your home. Here’s how to enable the Google Assistant on your camera and some things you can say.

A Smart Girl's Guide: Staying Home Alone (Revised): A Girl's Guide to Feeling Safe and Having Fun: Dottie Raymer: 9781609589073: Books

This popular book is now updated with new illustrations and advice that will help you feel confident and in control when you're home alone. It includes boredom busters, fun-for-one ideas, quizzes, neighborhood know-how, snack recipes, safety tips, first-aid information, and sibling survival secrets. Plus, this girl-friendly guide features a handy tear-out booklet for keeping track of important information and house rules.

Goofball Island | Inside Out Wikia | FANDOM powered by Wikia

Goofball Island is one of the Islands of Personality. It consists of a jack-in-the-box, hammer and a merry-go-round. It was spawned when Riley Andersen danced around the house naked with underwear on her head after a bath. It gets started off when Riley makes monkey noises or rides down a railing.