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#95: Shadow Childhood

January 10th, 2019 · 88 minutes

More Project Talk. Merlin introduces the idea of "The Message Gift," and John wonders if Merlin's new desk has memory. Amazon should let you say when a box is from Santa. So much cardboard. Now, the IKEA child's kitchen is in danger of being disappeared.

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Links and Show Notes

This week, John is just back from his holiday trip, and Merlin thinks he's a titan. Merlin's daughter wants to be a monk, and the art of AD&D is discussed. John has more questions about Merlin's Britishisms. We are introduced to "Hello, Richard" and the flats of San Francisco are re-litigated. The taxonomy of the Google doc is also re-litigated.

Although it won't turn into one-third of every episode, listeners are invited to ask your hosts questions via "#AskRecDiffs".

In what becomes a mini-topic, your hosts fantasize about Break Time, and what one does when one has a little time to oneself. Sleeping counts. Also, where, again have all the scissors gone? Have we just stopped doing Inside Voice?

A listener thinks there's too much talk about TV, but it is stipulated that TV is part of our lives.

In further follow-up, your hosts talk more about Survivor. John says Merlin is still watching it wrong, and John finished Season 37. He has thoughts. Survivor rules, tactics, and editing are considered.

John is just slightly rearranging things, and Merlin's door still wants to kill him.

(Recorded on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.)


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