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



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#94: Hiding the Machete

December 26th, 2018 · 108 minutes

This week's main topic is the long-running ABC reality show, "Survivor." Perhaps you've heard of it.

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with some discussion of the recent Do By Friday Holiday Party, then John takes the axe to Merlin's latest experiment with the show doc.

In follow-up, John catches us up on how his jammed thumb is mending, and your hosts talk about TV fixes and calibration. John reminds Merlin what they've already talked about. The list of Big Topics is briefly scanned.

In further follow-up, Merlin asks about locating hard-to-find Mac files, and John wishes Merlin had asked him about what he was actually trying to accomplish. Early OS X is discussed, and Merlin reminds John how much he liked Hypercritical.

Merlin encourages John not to Google something.

But, with Merlin (finally) watching it for the first time in earnest, this provides John the opportunity to talk about why he's watched it since season 1, why he likes it so much, and what it is that makes the show special. Merlin repeatedly says "Season 24" when he meant to say "Season 20," and John expresses admiration for how the show cannily evolves for the better.

(Recorded on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018.)


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