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

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#88: Static Contraction

October 4th, 2018 · 123 minutes

John did not fix the document.

#87: Looking for Something to Manage

September 20th, 2018 · 111 minutes

John and Merlin argue about the Google doc for a pretty long time.

#86: Horse’s Feed Bag Full of Food

September 5th, 2018 · 122 minutes

Homework is discussed, and John confesses to once starting the world’s longest book report. John recounts his career of creative abuse of Macintosh skills back in elementary and high school, and Merlin dons his notional 43 Folders hat.

#85: Comedy’s Not Funny

August 23rd, 2018 · 107 minutes

John has some questions about a podcast Merlin likes, and this leads to a discursive walk through what makes a podcast stick.

#84: Camptivities

August 9th, 2018 · 108 minutes

This week’s main topic is a goodie: the things only YOU notice. The things only you care about. And, sure, the things only you don’t notice (but probably should).

#83: A Pit of Feek

July 26th, 2018 · 86 minutes

The boys weigh in on The Civility Debate.

#82: Summer of Intentionalities

July 11th, 2018 · 105 minutes

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

#81: Sixteen-Tile Puzzle

June 28th, 2018 · 95 minutes

In what ends up being the accidental main topic, John and Merlin dive into the impossibilities of "Keeping House."

#80: Death is an Easy Diagnosis

June 14th, 2018 · 100 minutes

This week’s main topic finds John interrogating Merlin about the germophobia threat model. Merlin tries to distinguish his carefulness from a three-letter condition, and John reminds us why he doesn’t make lists.

#79: Goofball Island

May 31st, 2018 · 92 minutes

This week kicks off with a main topic: Kid Independence Projects. Merlin is trying a new thing, and John admits that he’s "pan-fretful."