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#81: Sixteen-Tile Puzzle

June 28th, 2018 · 95 minutes

This week opens with Merlin’s heavy reappraisal of Isle of Dogs, plus an anecdote that involves his wife slapping a remote out of his hands. John shares some strong opinions about motion smoothing and reveals the stunning secrets of Instagram. Your hosts discuss New England.

John reveals a new wrinkle in his daughter’s recent dietary radicalization, while Merlin points out that John has a lot of balls in the air. It is agreed that all houses should probably come with documentation. Your hosts may have the ultimate white whine. That said, there are consequences.

In what ends up being the accidental main topic, John and Merlin dive into the impossibilities of Keeping House. Stackers and pilers are contrasted, large trucks are hastily hired, and things (still) need to leave John’s house.

Fantasy house management is explored, but throwing air conditioners from the attic is, sadly, just not going to happen.

(Recorded on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.)

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yak shaving - Wiktionary

Coined by Carlin Vieri in his time at the MIT AI Lab (1993-8)[1] after viewing[2] a 1991 episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show featuring "Yak Shaving Day," a Christmas-like Holiday where participants hang diapers instead of stockings, stuff rubber boots with coleslaw, and watch for the shaven yak to float by in his enchanted canoe.

Isle of Dogs (2018) - IMDb
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