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



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#82: Summer of Intentionalities

July 11th, 2018 · 105 minutes

This week's main topic is "Getting Big in Podcasting."

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Links and Show Notes

This week starts with an inhale as Merlin fails to solve several of John's musical puzzles. Then, there's some R.E.M. talk. As you do.

This week's mini-topic involves Merlin's Summer Projects. Merlin likes choosing the right word, and John doesn't really do projects. This ends up leading to some deep discussion about buying a guitar and trying to get better at it.

John can't understand why Merlin would paste a screenshot, and Merlin likes watching John edit the Google Doc.

Our fellow Relay host made a video about getting on a podcast network, and this leads to a broad exploration of value, independence, friendship, and the unique power to make something you love.

(Recorded on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.)

How I Joined Relay FM | VEDJ - YouTube
Backspace Rethought – Open Prototype – Medium

As keyboards replaced cursive, backspace replaced erasers and whiteout. Then touchscreen keyboards emerged, yet backspace remained unquestioned and unchanged. On a touchscreen, backspace functions as it does on physical keyboards, as if there were a real key with a pressure pad underneath. Then and now, backspace has a very binary 2-bit input: you can TAP or HOLD.

Evan Dando | Equipboard® Gibson Acoustic J-45 Standard
Artist Mosaic - Seagull Guitars

The Mosaic is a solid cedar top guitar with solid mahogany back and sides. The cedar & mahogany combination typically produces a sweet warm sound. The Custom Polished finish further enhances the sweet sound of this combination. This model excels in more intimate musical settings.

Radiohead - Paranoid Android - YouTube
Why I was FIRED from an Off-Broadway show | Q+A #48 - YouTube
Tom Scholz - Wikipedia
43f Podcast: John Gruber & Merlin Mann's Blogging Panel at SxSW | 43 Folders
John Gruber & Merlin Mann at SxSW 2009 on Huffduffer
The Paralysis of Perfect – Stephen R. Fox – Medium
Radiohead - You and Whose Army? - YouTube
The Long Winters - Carparts - YouTube
R.E.M. King of Comedy - YouTube
Lexicon Valley Gibson SJ-200 Standard
The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch™ home gaming system and Wii U™ console – Official Site