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#89: Popcorn Problems

October 18th, 2018 · 85 minutes

This week, Merlin has a lot going on, and John has questions about how Do By Friday works behind the scenes. In turn, Merlin has some iCloud questions for John. There is discussion of photo management and the trend line for Apple’s dependability in services. John worries about losing his hearts, and Merlin gets some really terrible prints made.

In-home intercom systems are recalled, and the sorry state of your hosts’ childhood electronics is explored.

Updates to smart cylinders and screens are considered. John likes trying to stump his dinguses, and Merlin gets excited to regroup his speakers. Merlin thinks John should make his family listen to the radio, and John frets about his children’s (literal) attachment to their devices.

In this week’s main topic, John recounts his recent experience seeing Hamilton live on stage. As usual, Merlin is scared about what he’ll say. Also, as usual, Merlin ends up being That Guy as he stans for American musicals and pines for high-quality moms in Dear Evan Hansen, making this up as he goes.

Finally, there’s a mostly spoiler-free discussion of Netflix’s Maniac.

(Recorded on Thursday, October 11, 2018.)

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Links and Show Notes

Hamilton's America | Great Performances | PBS
Accidental Tech Podcast: 295: Outlets That Suck
Hamilton: The Revolution: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter: 9781455539741: Amazon.com: Books

A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Merlin Mann on Twitter: "By something like popular demand, here's my thumbnail guide for getting started with "Hamilton" and deciding if it's right for you. https://t.co/hLSz5Sa2NL" / Twitter

How to Listen to Hamilton.