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 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.

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

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Links and Show Notes

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